Louise A. Nixon Scholarship

The Louise A. Nixon Scholarship was established by the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) to help recipients reach for Nixon’s goals of dedication and vision. Louise A. Nixon (1897-1989) worked constantly to enlighten the Legislature about Nebraska’s libraries’ needs. She served as Assistant Director of the Nebraska Legislative Reference Bureau and as Legislative Council Librarian. Nixon was head of the Nebraska Library Commission from 1950 to 1969. When federal funds were made available, she initiated bookmobile demonstration projects, public library construction, extension services, services to institutional residents and the physically challenged, and an inter-library communication network. The Lincoln Journal wrote, “There is no single figure of greater 20th century significance in developing Nebraska’s contemporary system of community libraries—facilities, collections, trained personnel, cooperative networking.”

To be eligible to apply you must be accepted by an ALA-accredited graduate school of library/information science; OR applicant must be accepted by a graduate media program that meets the ALA/AASL curriculum guidelines within a unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Applicant must meet one of the following criteria:
a. Resident of Nebraska for at least one year,
b. Member of NLA or NSLA for at least one year, or
c. Current Employee of a Nebraska library for at least one year.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the most potential for employment in Nebraska libraries after graduation.

Previous recipients of the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship are not eligible to reapply.


Applicants are required to complete the Nebraska Library Association Application Form at https://nebraskalibraries.site-ym.com/page/nixon2018
Applications must be submitted electronically by April 17th.

Application required attachments (In addition to your completed application, please provide the following):

1. A current resume or vitae.

2. College transcript(s) (copies of transcripts are acceptable).

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (no more than one year old). Applicant will submit 2 letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your abilities, goals and potential. These individuals may be an employer, a professor, a librarian, or a professional that can attest to your career goals and experiences. Submit letters of recommendation with your application materials.

4. Essay: Submit a personal statement which should include:
• Why are you the best candidate to receive the scholarship?
• What are your future plans in the next 5 years?
• What are your professional goals?
5. Financial Information that shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which is on the first page of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR).

$1,000 (3 Awards)