2013 FLA Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Committee Chair Caroline Reed of New College (center) congratulates FLA’s 2013 scholarship
winners (l-r): Allison Smith Harris, Minority Scholarship, USF; Laura Browning, FSU Scholarship; Caroline
Reed; Betcinda Kettells, Bernadette Storck/USF Scholarship; Janet DeVries, Bachelor’s Scholarship, Palm
Beach State College.
Recipients of four 2013 Florida Library Association scholarships were recognized
on May 1 at the 2013 FLA annual conference by Scholarship Committee Chair
As FLA President Barbara Stites presented each recipient with a certificate,
Scholarship Committee Chair Caroline Reed provided the following background:
This is awarded to a student who has been admitted to an accredited bachelor’s
degree program at a Florida college or university who has committed to work in a
Florida library for a minimum of one year after receipt of the award. Our
scholarship recipient for this year is Janet DeVries. Janet currently works as a
Library Technician in Archives at Palm Beach State College where she assists with
reference duties as well as planning exhibits and special programs. She was
previously the Archivist for the Boynton Beach City Library. Janet is currently
working on a History degree at Florida Atlantic University. She plans to continue
on in the Library Science Program at either USF or FSU.
The three Graduate Scholarships are awarded to Florida residents who have
experience in a Florida library and have been admitted to the FSU or USF
library/information graduate program. Recipients have made a commitment to
work in a Florida library for a minimum of one year after graduation.
Minority Scholarship—To qualify for a Minority Scholarship, the candidate must
belong to one of the following ethnic groups: Black/African American,
Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native.
Alison Harris ( formerly Alison Smith) is this year’s recipient of the Minority
Scholarship. Alison is currently a Library Technical Assistant at the Jan K. Platt
Regional Library in Tampa. She has worked in various Tampa Bay libraries since
2004. In her application Alison expressed that her most fulfilling memories in life
always involved helping people. In library work she gets to do that. Her career
goals are to develop programming that assists patrons in job searching, resume
creation, and basic to advanced computer skills. She is interested in actively
creating new ways to better serve the educational, recreational and informational
needs of her community. She expects to graduate from USF in December of 2014
and I am sure this scholarship will help her to reach her goal.
FSU Scholarship—When I called Laura Browning to tell her that she had won the
FSU Scholarship she was so excited that I was worried that she would forget to
breathe. Laura currently is an Undergraduate Services Graduate Assistant at
Florida State. If Laura could pick her ideal job at this very moment she would be
an instructional librarian in a Florida academic library associated with a college of
education. This job would combine all of her strengths and areas of experience.
The Scholarship Committee applauds her efforts and felt that Laura would
represent our profession well.
Bernadette Storck USF Scholarship—Our next person is no stranger to this
stage. She was the previous recipient of an FLA Undergraduate Scholarship.
Betcinda Kettells is a Library Assistant at the Palm Harbor Library where she
provides reference, reader advisory services and staff training. She previously
worked as a Library Assistant/Outreach Coordinator at the Bangor Public Library
in Maine. In his recommendation letter, Gene Coppola, Library Director at Palm
Harbor Library stated “Ms. Kettells has proven to be a focused yet flexible
individual, hard working, intelligent and possesses the qualities needed as an
emerging leader.” Gene goes on to say “She possesses all the necessary tools to
succeed especially the most important one which is the respect she has earned thus
far from her colleagues and supervisors.” We are pleased to once again award an
FLA scholarship to Betcinda.
All funds for these scholarships come directly from the support of FLA members.
This year members were particularly generous and the estimate of funds raised at
the conference alone through the 50/50 raffle, Wine Toss and Silent Auction was
$5,500.00. Thank you to everyone who supported the scholarships financially.
Members who would like to contribute to the scholarships can still do so by going
to the FLA website and clicking on Make a Donation.
All of this does not happen in a vacuum. There are so many people who volunteer
their time to ensure that we raise funds to support these scholarships. My sincere
thanks to anyone who contributed a bottle of wine, a silent auction item or your
time at the events. Special thanks are extended to Kim Copenhaver, Silent Auction
Chair, and Rebecca Frank, Wine Toss Chair, as well as our committee members
and volunteers who worked tirelessly at the conference.
We are truly ensuring the future of this great profession by supporting these
Caroline Reed, 2013 Scholarship Committee Chair