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Charlesa Lowell Scholarship Recipient 2019

The 2019 Charlesa Lowell Scholarship for 2019 was awarded to Iliana Burgos, a Library Specialist at the WilmingtonLibrary. Iliana will begin her Master of Science in Library Science studies at the University ofNorth Carolina-Chapel Hill in the fall. 

While working on her master’s degree, Iliana hopes to research intercultural and international approaches to library work, as well as environmental sustainability efforts in libraries.

Previous Recipients

Faith Dixon is the recipient of the Charlesa Lowell Scholarship for 2013.

Ms. Dixon is pursuing her Master’s in Library and Information Science degree at Drexel University.

Faith Dixon was presented with the award by Pat Birchenall, Newark Free Library manager, at the Delaware Library Association/Maryland Library Association Conference in Ocean City, MD on May 10. The Charlesa Lowell scholarship,  is funded by the Friends to honor the memory of former librarian Charlesa Lowell, who was a strong advocate for the profession of librarianship. 

  • 2008 Winner  Mary Doyle
    2008 Winner Mary Doyle
  • 2010 Winner  Jill Swain
    2010 Winner Jill Swain
  • 2012 Winner  Sophia Sotilleo
    2012 Winner Sophia Sotilleo
2008 Winner  Mary Doyle
2008 Winner Mary Doyle

Charlesa Lowell Scholarship

Charlesa Lowell served as the Kent County Librarian, Delaware Division of Libraries Deputy Director, and the Library Manager of the Newark Free Library. Among her many successes were the creation of Delaware Library Legislative Day and the Friends of Delaware Libraries


This scholarship is awarded in her memory by the Friends of the Newark Free Library.

Charlesa Lowell Scholarship Winners


Applications and additional information regarding Delaware Library Association scholarship opportunities are available at:


This scholarship is for a student studying for an ALA accredited Master?s Degree in Library Science. Some preference will be given to those applicants who are working or have worked at the Newark Free Library, Delaware, or lacking such an applicant, those who live in Newark, Delaware




Elaine D. Fike, Chair 

DLA Scholarship Committee 

Georgetown Public Library

123 West Pine Street

Georgetown, DE 19947

John Wriston High School

Writing Contest Winners

  • 2011 Winner Sarah Doggert
    2011 Winner Sarah Doggert
  • 2010 Winner Taliah Kurylak
    2010 Winner Taliah Kurylak
  • 2008 Winner Stephanie Bonner
    2008 Winner Stephanie Bonner
2011 Winner Sarah Doggert
2011 Winner Sarah Doggert








Sarah Doggert

Taliah Kurylak

Katie Alexander

Stephanie Bonner

Tiffany Wen

Daniel J. Strouss

Evanna Singh


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