The Catholic University of America

Oct. 27, 2009

Rovelstad Scholarship Awarded to Library and Information Science Student

  Kimberly B. Kelley, dean of the School of Library and Information Science, and scholarship winner Jennifer McDaniel

CUA's School of Library and Information Science has announced the selection of Jennifer McDaniel as the recipient of the $14,000 Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Rovelstad scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need, a high grade point average, a demonstrated commitment to library and information science and demonstrated potential to contribute successfully after graduation.

The winner is selected by a library and information science faculty committee.

In her personal statement submitted to the committee, McDaniel detailed her emerging interest in academic libraries after she took a part-time job in the library at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada, where she earned a degree in biology, with minors in chemistry and French. Her experience in an academic library helped her gain an understanding of how academic librarians make a difference in the life of a student, and contributed to her decision to pursue her studies in library and information science.

McDaniel, who moved to the United States to start a life with her husband in 2005, hopes to use her education and experience in libraries to increase research and study on issues of diversity in the field and to reconnect with her Ghanian roots by making a contribution to the libraries and the information needs of the people of Ghana. McDaniel's parents are natives of Ghana.

"Ms. McDaniel is an active member of the SLIS community and she has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful scholar, a dedicated professional and an engaged learner," says Kimberly B. Kelley, dean of the School of Library and Information Science. "She shows great promise and I have seen that she has much to contribute to our field. SLIS is pleased she has accepted the award and we are proud of her many accomplishments."