Robert Trudell LARC Library Education Scholarship
Organized by: ann trudell
This years goal reached!
November 29, 2016
Yearly scholarship given in NY state to an individual pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
My Father, Robert Trudell (1930-2006) was a life-long public librarian and champion of the written word. Orphaned at a young age, from a working class family in Buffalo, he was sent to a boys military school. He often said that finding F. Scott Fitzgerald changed the course of his life. He believed strongly in education, and the access to it. He felt public libraries have a sacred duty to guard intellectual freedom, to share knowledge and a love of art and literature with all. He was an accomplished poet and a genuine humanitarian. He often said "If I ever win Lotto, one of the first things I'll do is set up a scholarship fund". Bob was a past president of the New York Library Association, and received NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Award in 1984. When he died unexpectedly in 2006, we his family and friends created this scholarship fund, managed through the Nyack Library in his name.
For the past 10 we have been fortunate to give out at least one grant a year. However this year will be our final year, unless we can raise more funds. The objective of this fundraiser to continue the scholarship for long as possible.
Scholarship Awards will be given annually through LARC associations until the fund is depleted. The family has designated a selection committee for awarding the scholarship. The Fund was established entirely through the donations of friends and family of Bob Trudell. Awards will be given to a candidate who has demonstrated an interest in working in a Public Library by pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and who meets the criteria for entrance into an ALA accredited school or is already enrolled in an ALA approved MLS program. The winner of the Award will be given a monetary stipend of $ 1,000.00.