Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship (applications due by 1 October)—open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

In the summer of 2010 the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee announced the establishment of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship for IGHR. The scholarship is named for and in honor of Birdie Monk Holsclaw, who for many years attended IGHR and was also a frequent IGHR lecturer.

The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, will be awarded annually and is open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

Applications are due on or before October 1 of each year and will be reviewed by the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee. The scholarship must be used during the IGHR for which the application is made. Please include the following in your application:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • The length of time you have been doing genealogy
  • The name of the IGHR course you plan to attend
  • In 500 words or less, a description of how participation in this course will benefit you
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about yourself
  • A letter of recommendation from another genealogist

The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by e-mail no later than December 10.

Please send your application to:

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee
c/o Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
P.O. Box 40270
Denver, CO 80204-0270

2019 Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship Recipients

Cindy BarberCongratulations to Cindy Barber winner of a 2019 Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Two — Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies with Angela Packer McGhie in July. Coming of age at the same time the home and desktop computer were maturing opened many unique opportunities for Cindy. Beginning Genealogy research in 1980 under the tutelage of one of the best Genealogists in Indiana gave her a solid skills base, but she found herself wanting more than paper family group sheets, so in 1980 she taught herself to program and released “Genealogy Workshop”, one of the first genealogy databases for the home computer.  The rapidly evolving computer industry rocketed Cindy through an exciting career in IT. Along the way, she leveraged her training and travel opportunities to further her Genealogy research and education. Cindy is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Lifelong Learning where she also teaches intermediate to advanced Genealogy subjects.  As the owner of Leornian Genealogy, she helps clients with DNA related questions and traditional research. Cindy is President of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, a member of the West Florida Genealogy Society and the Genetic Genealogy Society of Northwest Florida. Cindy enjoys lecturing and traveling. She is a member of ProGen39 and hopes to go ‘on the clock’ in late 2019.  Cindy is constantly seeking learning opportunities as she feeds her passion for teaching and helping others with their research.

Elizabeth Stewart Olson
Congratulations to Elizabeth Stewart Olson
winner of a 2019 Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Twelve — DNA as Genealogical Evidence with Blaine Bettinger in July. Elizabeth has a life-long passion for history and is a professional genealogist in Georgia. An IGHR alumna, Elizabeth is a graduate of ProGen and the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research.

Elizabeth is an active member of the Georgia genealogy community and volunteers with a number of associations and societies. Presently, Elizabeth is the president of the Georgia Chapter of APG and genealogy chair for the Gwinnett Historical Society. Elizabeth is a past vice president and former director of the Georgia Genealogical Society. Elizabeth enjoys mentoring aspiring genealogy professionals and igniting a passion for genealogical research, especially in young people.

As the daughter of two adoptees, Elizabeth is excited to participate in the DNA as Genealogical Evidence course. Genetic genealogy combined with genealogy research methodology continue to provide Elizabeth with answers to life-long questions, and she is eager learn more about the incorporation of DNA evidence into genealogical conclusions. Elizabeth is grateful to the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Scholarship Committee for this opportunity.

Previous Recipients

2018 — Jim Thornhill, Dina Carson

2017 — Meryl Schumacker, Denise Cross

2016 — Nancy Remling, Janet Kilgore Taylor

2015 — Shelley K. Bishop, Laura G. Prescott

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