Olmstead IV

University of South Carolina, Columbia


"The committee was unanimous in its opinion that Avery 'is that perfect candidate,' a student with a disability for whom the Century Scholarship was conceived to assist in the completion of coursework for a master's in Library Information Science and to become a library professional," stated Simon J. M. Healey, Century Scholarship Jury Committee Chair. "Avery is an inspiring, intelligent, talented person who is interested in raising disability awareness and is equally enthusiastic about the library world and in bringing the two aspects together." Olmstead earned a bachelor of science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington and a MHRT/Community Certificate from the University of Southern Maine. He served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the "Born to Read" program at the Maine Humanities Council and with "Project GOALS" at the Bangor Public Library and Old Town Public Library. He has performed as an actor with the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Inc., based in Crosby, Maine.

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.

2006 - Recipient(s)