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Library to award $2000 scholarship

The Friends of the Vernon Area Library are now accepting applications for the $2000 Allen Meyer Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded to one high school senior in the Vernon Area Public Library District.

Applicants must live within the Vernon Area Public Library District, have been accepted into a higher education program for the 2012-13 school year, and either have been an employee or volunteer at the library or be able to demonstrate how the library has affected their life or educational goals.

Applicants must submit a completed online form and provide a letter of reference, a letter of acceptance, and a copy of the student’s most recent high school transcripts. The online form is available on the Vernon Area Public Library website at Look in the menu under Community > Allen Meyer Scholarship. Limit one submission per student. Please email letters and transcripts to to be included with your application. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2012.

The scholarship is offered by the Friends of the Vernon Area Library in honor of former library director Allen Meyer, who passed away in 2008. During his tenure, Allen provided strong leadership that allowed the library to meet the ever-changing informational and technological needs of district residents. He set ever-increasing high standards of excellence for himself and his staff, and he valued his day-to-day interactions with the staff and public. Allen enjoyed working with the community and strived to provide the best library services possible. It is in this spirit that the Friends award this scholarship.

The Vernon Area Public Library District serves a population of 41,000 within a 32-square-mile area that includes Lincolnshire, Prairie View, and parts of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, and unincorporated Vernon Township. For more information about the library and its services, visit

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