King Simpson, director of the Logan County Public Library, has been named a recipient of a Kentucky Library Association (KLA) Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship. Simpson received a $3,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. He is working toward his master’s degree in library science at the University of Kentucky. KLA granted a total of $18,000 in scholarships to six recipients from across Kentucky. KLA created the scholarship to encourage members to increase their skills and knowledge through formal studies in librarianship. To receive a scholarship, recipients must be entering or continuing their library education in an American Library Association (ALA) or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited library school. Recipients must also show excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in the field of library science.
The scholarship is funded by proceeds from the sale of “READ” license plates and was named in honor of the late Linda Kompanik, a tireless advocate for Kentucky public libraries who spearheaded the campaign to create the license plate. “Receiving the Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship is a tremendous honor,” said Simpson. “Having worked closely with Linda for over a decade during the early years of my career was a tremendous privilege, and receiving this scholarship was further proof of her impact not only on me and our library, but on the entire Commonwealth through her work on the “READ” license plate project. Little did I know that all the countless hours I watched her work on that effort would directly impact me.”
“READ” license plates can be purchased in any Kentucky county clerk’s office.