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Milner Library announces student assistant scholarship in honor of Dr. Thomas D. Wilson

Drs. Al Bowman and Thomas Wilson

Illinois State University President Emeritus Al Bowman and Dr. Thomas Wilson, then president of the Friends of Milner Library at the Friends of Milner Library 60th anniversary celebration in July 2007

Milner Library is pleased to announce its first annual Dr. Thomas D. Wilson Student Assistant Scholarship. This scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a library student employee who has worked at the library for at least one semester.

The 2006 Friends of Milner Library Books Sale that Dr. Wilson loved to help coordinate

Created by Kay Wilson in honor of her husband, the late Dr. Thomas D. Wilson, this award honors Dr. Wilson’s support for Milner Library and his love of learning. A 1959 graduate of Illinois State University, Dr. Wilson taught politics and government at ISU from 1961 to 1992. He was a member of the library’s Friends of Milner Library Board for multiple years, even serving as president for a year. Dr. Wilson also enjoyed helping with the annual book sale that used to be held at the library. He worked to help collect and sort more than 10,000 books that were then sold to raise money to fund grants for special projects and speakers.

The Dr. Thomas D. Wilson Student Assistant Scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 for a library student employee who has worked at the library at least one semester. Other eligibility requirements include a GPA of at least 3.0 and applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior.

Interested library assistants should complete all application materials and submit no later than Friday, October 9, at 5 p.m. Questions should be directed to Milner Library Director of Communication and Outreach Erin Link either by email at ellink@ilstu.edu or by phone at (309) 438-3897.

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