May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:50 am | Author:
Six Valley City State University graduate students have received Nexus Echo Scholarships totaling $46,000 to help cover tuition and fees in VCSU’s Master of Education degree program with a concentration in Library and Information Technologies (M.Ed./LIT).

The six students are:
  • • Mandi Clausen, Wilton, N.D.
  • • Laura Heistuman, Riverton, Wyo.
  • • Robin Holt, Grafton, N.D.
  • • Angela Kitzman, Rugby, N.D.
  • • Sandra Sterling, Moorhead, Minn.
  • • Reagen Urbanec, Bismarck, N.D.

Sterling and Urbanec previously received Nexus Echo Scholarships; these current awards extend their scholarships.

The Nexus Echo Scholarship funds will be used for tuition and fees in the VCSU M.Ed/LIT program between summer 2013 and summer 2015. Recipients agree to apply for certification as a school library media specialist/teacher librarian upon completion of the degree; extended scholarship recipients must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate degree coursework and made satisfactory progress toward completion of the M.Ed. degree.

VCSU’s M.Ed/LIT program—completely online—is ideally suited for practicing librarians who wish to further their career with graduate-level credentials or teachers wanting to add new credentials to their backgrounds. The concentration emphasizes the technologies used in school media centers and meets the national and North Dakota credential standards for school library media certification.

The need for certified, professional librarians has never been greater and will grow substantially as half of current U.S. librarians are expected to retire over the next decade.

The Nexus Echo Scholarships are funded by a grant to VCSU from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Since 2007, two IMLS grants to VCSU have provided tuition support of more than $350,000 for over 40 graduate students in the university’s M.Ed./LIT program.

Donna James, MLS, VCSU library director, is project director for the IMLS grant and director of the VCSU Graduate Library Program.