University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Sara Lynn Hyder is the 2003 recipient of the Century Scholarship presented by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association. Hyder has been accepted to the Masters in Library and Information Sciences program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The independently funded Century Scholarship is a diversity initiative aimed at promoting the American Library Association’s mission of improving service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries in the new millennium. The Century Scholarship is a $2,500 monetary award given annually to a student or students pursuing a degree in library and information science. “Ms. Hyder is an exemplary role mode in her scholarly achievement, community involvement and advocacy on disability issues,” stated Elizabeth Ridler, Century Scholarship Jury Committee Chair. “Hyder plans to continue her advocacy on disability issues as she did as a Liaison for Students with Disabilities to the Auburn University Student Government Association Cabinet and President and Secretary for the Advocates for Disability Awareness (ADA) in college as a volunteer she organized and re-catalogued resources for the new Fort Walton Beach Library facility last summer. Her disability awareness advocacy and successful career path to librarianship will enable diversity recruitment of librarians with disabilities. She recognizes her Lupus as just one more challenge to overcome as she prepares for non-profit library work to improve the lives of others.”

Awards Won

Title Year
ALA Century Scholarship

An annual scholarship of $2,500 that funds services or accommodation for a library school student(s) with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school. The scholarship will fund services or accommodations that are either not provided by law or otherwise by the university that will enable the student or students to successfully complete the course of study for a Master’s or Doctorate in Library Science and become a library or information studies professional.

2003 - Recipient(s)