Meeting Scholarships and Travel Awards
There are three awards available for the Harrisonburg Virginia meeting:
1) Marsha Trimble Meeting and Travel Award ($400)
2) Joan Echtenkamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award ($250)
3) Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award
APPLICATION: Recipients may win only one award. Applicants should submit the following:
1) Cover letter that includes:
- Awards for which you are applying (you can apply for all) – please note that applicants can apply for multiple awards but may only receive one per conference
- Statement of financial need
- Expected benefits of attending the conference (citing specific sessions or workshops of interest)
3) Letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work (sent directly to the MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, Cindy Bendroth, via email at MARAC.Scholarship@gmail.com)
DEADLINE: March 13, 2020 for the Spring Harrisonburg, VA meeting
TO APPLY: Send a single PDF of the cover letter and resume to Cindy Bendroth , MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at MARAC.Scholarship@gmail.com. Letter of recommendation should be sent by the reference as a PDF directly to Cindy Bendroth, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at MARAC.Scholarship@gmail.com. Please include MARAC Scholarship Application in the subject line.
More on the Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers awards for one full or half-day workshop, and conference registration, including the Friday Luncheon and Saturday Breakfast. Please note this award does not cover any travel expenses, but only the registration costs outlined above.
Named in memory of Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, this award is expressly aimed at those associated with Local History Collections. Active with MARAC on the Publications Committee and also as Maryland Caucus Chair, Karen maintained a life-long interest in local history and genealogy, respecting and encouraging the scholarly practice of each. In her career, she assisted thousands of researchers investigating Maryland local history, and through her guidance she also impacted the careers of local history practitioners throughout the state. Karen loved local history so it is fitting that this award bears her name as MARAC supports the professional growth of others dedicated to the field.
QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals must currently be associated with a local history collection that is open to the public on a regular basis in the MARAC region. Volunteers as well as paid staff are eligible. Priority is given to local history collections located in the meeting’s host city for the purpose of networking opportunities, but will not exclude other applicants.