The Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated high scholastic achievement, a commitment to professionalism and library cooperation, a desire to provide quality service to library patrons, and promise toward contributing to Missouri libraries. The Scholarship is awarded to an individual who is currently accepted into or attending an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS program.
Ronald G. Bohley was the director of the Curtis Law Wilson Library at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1976-1991. He was an active member of MLA and served as the MLA president (1989-1990), on the Legislative committee, and many other committees during his career. He also served on numerous Missouri state library boards, groups, and networks. The Bohley scholarship was created to recognize his passion and commitment to Missouri libraries after his tragic passing in 1991 from a fatal car crash. The scholarship began in 1995 and has continued to promote and support library cooperation throughout the state.
The Bohley Scholarship is sponsored and selected by the Professionalism, Education, Employment, and Recruitment Community of Interest (PEER CI) in conjunction with the Awards Committee. The scholarship is funded up to $2000 annually, but can vary by year.
Applications must be submitted or postmarked between May 1st and June 30th of each year. Scholarship applications can be submitted online, emailed, or printed and mailed. Please send all supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or by mail:
Missouri Library Association c/o Amigos Library Services
1190 Meramec Station Road, Suite 207
Ballwin, MO 63021-6902
Finalists will be interviewed using a common list of questions, which will be provided in advance. Applications must be sent or postmarked between May 1 and June 30 of each year. MLA will notify the scholarship winner by August 31, and the award will be mailed within two weeks of notificaiton.
If no applicant meets the scholarship criteria or deadlines, the Bohley Scholarship will not be awarded that year.
The MLA Executive Board voted in 1992 to establish the Scholarship to honor Ronald G. Bohley, a librarian who was respected by his colleagues and friends for his exemplary professional standards and for his lifelong pursuit of library cooperation. Ron Bohley served as Direct of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1972 until his death in 1991. He also served several terms as Board President of the Missouri Library Network Corporation and was President of the Missouri Library Association for 1989-1990. The first Bohley Scholarship was awarded in August 1995.
|2022 - Morgan Perry|
|2021 - Jennifer Myer|
|2020 - Not Awarded|
|2019 - Brent Sweany, UMKC Libraries|
|2018 - Otter Bowman - Daniel Boone Regional Library|
|2017 - Kellie Willis, St. Louis Public Library, SISLT student|
|2016 - Allison Repking, Ferguson Public Library|
|2015 - Jack Meyer - University of Missouri - SISLT student|
|2014 - Kelly Anders, University of Missouri - Columbia SISLT student|
|2013 - Cynthia Stewart Grant, Mid-Continent Public Library|
|2012 - Michelle N. Adkins, St. Louis County Library|
|2011 - Nadia Ghasedi|
|2010 - Rebecca van Kniest|
|2009 - Not Awarded|
|2008 - Karen Moore, MCPL-Blue Springs Branch|
|2007 - Anna Foote, Johnson County (KS) Library|
|2006 - Heather Bennis, St. Charles City-County Library District|
|2005 - Jessica Alexander-East, Springfield Greene County Library|
|2004 - Jacque Gage, Barton County Public Library|
|2003 - Hilary Davis|
|2002 - Joy Wright|
|2001 - Laura Vinograd|
|2000 - Elly Lensch|
|1999 - Linda Creibaum, Soutwest Baptist University Library|
|1998 - Nancy Campbell, McDonald County Library|
|1997 - Linda Railsback, MCPL-Boardwalk Branch|
|1996 - Theresa Robben, University of Missouri - Columbia SISLT student|
|1995 - Jack Neeley, University of Missouri - Columbia SISLT student (1st year of the award)|