346: Marion Dorroh Memorial Scholarship Fund

Last Revised 10/04

The purpose of the Marion Dorroh Memorial Scholarship is to promote librarianship in the state of New Mexico. To this end, the scholarship shall support studies toward advanced degrees in Library and information Science above the baccalaureate level, both Masters and Doctorates, full-and part-time students alike.


The scholarship is given annually in memory of the 1953-1954 President of NMLA, who was a librarian at Kirtland Air Force Base. (No awards were made in 1959, 1968 and 1983. Two scholarships were given in both 1960 and 1969.) The award was $1,000 until 1986, when the amount was raised to $1,500. ($1,500 was also given in 1974-1978). In recent years, $2,000 or more has frequently been awarded.
In the past, MD scholarship funding came from several sources; one dollar from each conference registration fee, the interest on Certificates of Deposit, contributions from the “check-box” on the NMLA membership renewal form, memorial gifts and corporate donations. In the new millennium, such income sources have diminished, due to national economic circumstances.


The amount of the scholarship will range between $1,500 and $3,000 annually, depending on the financial condition of the Association. The NMLA Board shall determine the amount of a year’s upcoming award through the budgeting process in June and July. The Education Committee may then publicize:

  • The amount of the scholarship
  • The criteria for suitable applicants
  • How and where to submit applications
  • That the deadline for application is January 15th of the year of the award

The Education Committee will meet as a whole, rank the candidates and proceed with a selection process as they see fit.

The scholarship recipient (and a guest) shall be invited to attend the Awards Banquet at the NMLA annual conference in the spring. The recipient will be introduced and honored at that time.

The scholarship may be applied to any ALA accredited Library and Information Sciences school and must be utilized within one calendar year of its awarding. The NMLA Treasurer will send the check to said school, with a letter of explanation written by the chair of the Education Committee. The funds are to be used for tuition or other appropriate educational expenses, in lieu of monies otherwise paid to the school by the student.

Criteria for Applicants and Selection

I. A completed application should be submitted to the chair of the NMLA Education Committee. It should contain:
a. A current resume
b. A statement of professional goals, past academic and community achievement, and contributions to the profession
c. A list of three references with contact information
d. Proof of acceptance to a Library/IS school

II. Preference will be given to New Mexico residents and applicants who intend to serve New Mexico
Libraries. Additonally, preference will be shown members of the New Mexico Library Association.