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Student Opportunities

Scholarships & Awards

Verna Mae Barr Scholarship

This scholarship is given in honor of the late Verna Mae Barr, Class of 1932. The purpose of the scholarship is to attract and retain a deserving student(s) from only the Virginia counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Tazewell, Washington, or Wise. The student(s) shall meet all of the criteria for admission to Longwood University. First preference shall be given to a Longwood University junior or senior who intends to obtain a Master of Education in School Librarianship.

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships such as the Dickinson Award and the Rutherford Memorial Award available through the Virginia  Association of School Librarians. More information about these awards can be found at the VAASL Web site.


Field Experiences

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education, School Library Media Initial Licensure, are required to complete EDSL 689, Supervised Experience in Library Media Services.

A student performs a minimum of 300 clock hours in a school library media center supervised by a faculty advisor (100 each in elementary, middle, and high school settings), including taking an active role in the teaching of classes. Supervisory fee--$300.00

PHOTO19_SLI2010 Summer Literacy Institute participants taking part in a concurrent session.

Professional Organizations

American Association of School Librarians


The mission of the American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

American Library Association


The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Virginia Association of School Librarians


The mission of the Virginia Association of School Librarians is to be the recognized voice for excellence in Virginia's school libraries. VAASL's aim is to promote literacy, information access and evaluation, love of literature, effective use of technology, collaboration in the teaching/learning process, intellectual freedom, professional growth, instructional leadership, and lifelong learning.

Virginia Library Association


The Virginia Library Association is a statewide organization whose purpose is to develop, promote, and improve library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to advance literacy and learning and to ensure access to information in the Commonwealth of Virginia.