Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship

The Jocelyn Rankin Memorial Scholarship, established in 2012, honors Dr. Jocelyn Rankin, whose mantra “that every challenge is an opportunity,” will withstand the test of time as librarianship continues to evolve. Her commitment to research was nationally recognized across her storied career. Southern Chapter was Jocelyn's professional home. She served as chair of the chapter and as chair of a number of its committees, including the Southern Chapter's Research Committee that she founded. This award assists Southern Chapter members in gaining needed skills and knowledge to perform, implement, and promote research projects within their institutions, communities, and across the field of medical librarianship.

Criteria for the award:

Applicants must be current, non-student Southern Chapter members who want to attend a research-related continuing education course or workshop. The amount awarded, not to exceed $500.00, can be used to defray expenses necessary for the fulfillment of the course (tuition, travel, etc.).

Preference will be given to courses sponsored by Southern Chapter or MLA, however the jury will consider courses sponsored by other organizations. All awardees must pay for their expenses up front and then submit a request for reimbursement after the meeting.

The Honors and Awards Committee and the Research Committee Chair will judge applications jointly. Only one award will be given per the Southern Chapter/MLA association year.


The deadline for application is 30 days prior to course or workshop the applicant wishes to attend.


Upon completion of the course, the recipient must submit a written report to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee for submission to Southern Expressions. Receipts for incurred expenses (up to $500.00) should be submitted to the Chapter Bookkeeper for reimbursement.

Submit applications to Tamara Nelson at

Download the Application Form.

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