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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Student Employment

This guide summarizes the different types of student jobs available at Simpson Library.

Library Scholarships

Library Scholarships

Library scholarships are awarded each academic year during the spring semester. Awards are announced at the Annual Student Assistant Party, usually held in April.  Eligibility, Requirements and information on applying for each award are described below.

Carrol H. Quenzel Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Carrol H. Quenzel, a highly respected librarian at Mary Washington College. Dr. Quenzel served as Librarian of Trinkle Library from 1943 to 1968.

The Carrol H. Quenzel Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to rising juniors or seniors who have worked the previous semester or are currently working as Student Assistants in Simpson Library.

Students interested in this scholarship can apply by completing the University’s online scholarship application at umw.edu/scholar by April 15, 2022.

A review committee made up of members of the library staff selects recipients. Names of recipients and value of scholarships will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients are announced each year at the Student Awards Ceremony, usually held in April.

Scholarship Name: Carrol H. and Lula A. Quenzel Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: Rising Juniors or Seniors, must have worked the previous semester or are currently working as a Student Assistant in Simpson Library.

Considerations: Student Assistants who demonstrate excellent work ethic, leadership and initiative. GPA is also a consideration.

Ruby Y. Weinbrecht Award

This award was established in honor of Ruby Y. Weinbrecht who was the Librarian at Trinkle Library from 1971-1983. This honor carries with it a cash award.

The Weinbrecht Award recognizes a graduating senior who has shown distinction in academic achievement (3.0-4.0 GPA), has worked at Simpson Library two or more years and is currently working in the Library, and has demonstrated a responsible. professional attitude toward the performance of his/her duties.

Students interested in this award can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or supervisor. Application letters should be addressed to Interim University Librarian, Carolyn Parsons, or to their supervisor. The letter must state the student's major, grade point average in their major and their overall grade point average. Nomination letters should be submitted to the University Librarian's office.

A review committee made up of members of the library staff will select the final recipient(s). Names of recipients and value of scholarships will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients are announced each year at the Student Awards Ceremony, usually held in April.

Scholarship Name: Ruby Y. Weinbrecht Award

Eligibility: Graduating Seniors, must have worked two or more years in the library AND be currently working as a Student Assistant in Simpson Library.

Considerations: Student Assistants who demonstrate responsibility, professionalism and initiative in the performance of their duties. Students must have a GPA between 3.0-4.0.