The UCA College of Education is pleased to announce that Amanda Threlkeld and Theresa Thompson have been awarded the Gladys Sachse Endowed Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Gladys Sachse Endowment provides $1,000 each to two students accepted into the UCA College of Education Master of Science degree program in Library Media and Information Technology (LMIT) and who plan to become a school librarian. Their selection out of six applicants was based upon academic achievement with consideration given to financial need. Candidates for the scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in their education major.
Dr. Jud Copeland, associate professor in Leadership Studies, developed the scholarship award in 2007 and was able to meet personally with Gladys Sachse at Salem Rehabilitation Center before she passed away in 2009. She expressed a great interest in promoting the endowed scholarship to help students in the Library Media program. Dr. Copeland states, “What I would like to do is to promote Ms. Sachse’s endowed award with membership in both the Arkansas Library Association and the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media. I think this is a real link to our profession and it would stimulate award winners’ participation in our organizations.” As an extra added incentive this year, Dr. Copeland will pay for the award winners’ first year of ArLA and AAIM membership, saying “I feel that Miss Sachse would approve.”
Amanda Threlkeld’s stated goal is to help students improve their research and digital literacy. In her role as a library media specialist, she plans to share her knowledge, training, and creativity from the LIBM program with other teachers and students.
Theresa Thompson plans to make the library the heart of the school for all teachers, students, and parents and to foster a love of reading through storytelling and conversations about new literature to pique students interests.