ATG Newsflash: Springer Nature Creates New Scholarship for Librarians to Honor Cynthia Hurd

Springer Nature Creates New Scholarship for Librarians to Honor Cynthia Hurd

Submit a project or initiative developed to enhance diversity at your library for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd to attend the 2016 Charleston Library Conference.

Cynthia Graham Hurd was a librarian for over 31 years in Charleston public and academic libraries.  She worked as the branch manager of the popular St. Andrews Regional Library, and as a part-time reference librarian at the College of Charleston. On June 17, 2015, her life ended when a lone gunman entered theabstract1 historic Emanuel AME Church and killed nine people during a prayer meeting. Cynthia is remembered as a “tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth.”

Springer Nature is proud to honor the legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd by awarding a scholarship to a librarian who has demonstrated an active interest in the profession, but has not had an opportunity to attend the Charleston Library Conference due to lack of institutional funding.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, librarians are asked to submit a presentation document or PowerPoint detailing a project or initiative developed at their library to enhance diversity in the selection of resources or provide services to support the research and learning needs of all segments of the academic community.

How to Enter:

To enter, send an email to by Sunday, September 4, 2016, with the following:

  • Name, title and institution
  • Attached submission in Word, PDF or PowerPoint file format


All submissions will be judged by a panel of three librarians based on the following criteria:

  • Overall link to topic
  • Creativity
  • Impact of project or initiative

Prize and Notification:

A $1,500 travel grant for attendance at the Charleston Library Conference will be awarded to one winner. Travel grant must be applied to cover the costs of conference registration, travel, accommodations and meals.

Scholarship winner will be notified by email before the end of September 2016.

By submitting an entry to, you agree to the Official RulesOnly email submissions will be accepted. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Limit one entry per person.

For additional information about the Charleston Library Conference, please visit

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