Patricia Lindell Scholarship Application Now Open

Posted on October 5th, 2015 by

IMG_0253Every other year, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library awards a junior or senior student the Patricia Lindell Scholarship, established through the generosity of the Gustavus Library Associates. The recipient will be awarded $1,200 to undertake a research project for the library that benefits the wider Gustavus community. The scholarship is awarded upon the successful completion of the project.

Because of the time commitment involved, applicants are strongly recommended to apply for independent study credit during the spring semester (up to .5 credits).

This year’s project will explore how academic libraries can help cultivate leisure reading on college campuses. Working with Professor Julie Gilbert during spring semester, the scholarship recipient will interview Gustavus community members about their reading habits, curate a blog about leisure reading, and investigate the status of leisure reading initiatives on college campuses, especially as they relate to campus libraries. The recipient will also pursue a project of her or his own choosing that relates to the research question.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently and with initiative, possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have a keen appreciation for research and reading.

For information on previous projects, visit Patricia Lindell Scholarship Projects and Paper Awards.

 To apply:

  1. Submit a short essay (2 – 3 paragraphs) describing why you are interested in the project and the unique qualifications you would bring to it. Please also indicate if you are planning to undertake the project as part of a credit-bearing independent study. Email your statement to Julie Gilbert,
  1. Request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your credentials for this project. Faculty members can email letters directly to Julie Gilbert,

Applications are due Friday, November 6, 2015


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