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Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship
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How to Apply for the Scholarship

In order to apply for the Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship you must meet the eligibility criteria for the Scholarship. If you meet those criteria then you will need to submit the following to the Scholarship Committee:

  1. OLA Graduate Scholarship Application Form (you will need to log in to your OLA account)
  2. Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship Essay Form (you will need to log in to your OLA account)
  3. Official transcripts of all your undergraduate and graduate studies completed to date.
  4. A current photo of yourself.

If you have any questions about the Scholarship or your eligibility, please contact Scholarship Committee Chair Cathy Blackman,


About Dr. Connie Van Fleet

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Dr. Connie Van Fleet

Dr. Connie Van Fleet began her library career as a Library Associate for the New Orleans Public Library, where she became Branch Head for the Napoleon Branch.  She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, an MLIS from Louisiana State University, and a PhD from Indiana University.  Her career as an educator and scholar at Louisiana State University, Kent State University, and the University of Oklahoma was dedicated to public library services, adult services in libraries, and intellectual freedom.  Professional recognition for Dr. Van Fleet's achievements include the American Library Association/Reference & User Services Association Margaret E. Monroe Adult Services Award, the Association for Library and Information Science Education ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence in Library and Information Science, and the ALISE Service Award.  She was President of ALISE during 2007-2008.  She was a member of the Oklahoma Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee from 2001 to 2013, serving as Chair from 2002 to 2005 and Co-Chair from 2005 to 2009.  She was also a member of OLA's Public Library Division from 2000 to 2013.   Dr. Van Fleet viewed the public library as an essential public good serving as a key resource for public learning and cultural edification.  She was a constant supporter of intellectual freedom and for many years organized OLA's annual challenged books exhibit.  Dr. Van Fleet was a mentor for countless students during her career as an educator, encouraging many preprofessional library employees to complete their master's degrees.  

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