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Two WIU Students Awarded the William H. and Eva Little Graham Libraries' Student Assistant Scholarship

December 14, 2020


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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University students Hannah Akers (Cambridge, IL) and Samuel Ogali (Flossmoor, IL) have been chosen as the 2020-21 recipients of the William H. and Eva Little Graham Libraries' Student Assistant Scholarship.

Akers and Ogali, both student employees at University Libraries, will each receive the $500 scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the performance of their assignments, and the funds are applied to the selected students' tuition.

Akers is a junior early childhood education major. She was hired in the digitization department of the Malpass Libraries' Resource Management Services Unit in October 2018. She plans to graduate in May 2022.

Her supervisor, Julia Thompson, noted, "Her time at Western has given her an outlet for self-expression and I know that she deeply appreciates it. She has made friends and connections for life at WIU, and her gratitude for this and her educational opportunities is expressed in her dedication to excellence in all walks of her life."

Ogali is a junior, majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in theatre. He was hired in the digitization department of the Malpass Libraries' Resource Management Services Unit in September 2019. He plans to graduate in May 2022.

Thompson said, "Sam is always ready to help another student. Whenever a discussion is taking place, he has a valuable opinion or perspective, and I have never once heard him say an unkind word; instead, he is unfailingly supportive. Sam is a dedicated worker and asks for assistance when needed, and I would trust him to take on some of the more difficult jobs without hesitation. His responsibility is just one of his many great qualities."

"We are delighted to be able to offer scholarships to these hard-working and deserving student assistants, especially this year when they've had to adapt to strange working conditions," said Interim Dean of University Libraries Jeanne Stierman.

Information on the William H. and Eva Little Graham Libraries' Student Assistant Scholarship can be found at wiu.edu/libraries/administration/development/grahamScholarship.php.

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