Rachel Eaton selected as the 2015 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship recipient

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/28/2015


Kimberly L. Redd

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)



CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Rachel Eaton of Fayetteville, Arkansas as the recipient of the 2015 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.

The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a library support staff member pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies.  The scholarship was established with funds donated by Leisner.

Eaton says that she knew at a very early age that she wanted to work in libraries.   When she was in high school and finally old enough, she began volunteering at her local public library.  It was then that Eaton decided that she wanted to be a children’s librarian.  She has been a library volunteer, a library page, a circulation assistant and is now working as a youth library assistant.  One reference wrote that “Rachel is one of the most impressive students I have had the pleasure to work with.  She is one of those rare people who always see the positive in people and situations.  I can easily picture her as being an award-winning children’s librarian.”

Eaton says she is very passionate about literacy and the importance of learning to love reading.  One reference said Eaton “exemplifies what a children’s librarian should be.  She is welcoming, energetic, loves children, is eager to serve, eager to learn and eager to present children’s programs.”  Another reference said Eaton is “exceptionally bright with an unflinching intellectual curiosity.  Her desire to learn is rivaled only by her desire to help others learn. She is simply amazing.”

Eaton will attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

For information on the ALA Scholarship program, visit our scholarship page.


The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) manages the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse.




Don't you mean Fayetteville, Arkansas?