Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Scholarship 2021

© alexmillos / shutterstockSpringer Nature is proud to honor the legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd by sponsoring an annual scholarship for library employees to attend the virtual Charleston Conference

Cynthia Graham Hurd was a librarian for over 31 years in Charleston public and academic libraries.  She worked as the branch manager of the popular St. Andrews Regional Library, and as a part-time reference librarian at the College of Charleston. On June 17, 2015, her life ended when a lone gunman entered the historic Emanuel AME Church and killed nine people during a prayer meeting. Cynthia is remembered as a “tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth.” 

To honor her legacy, Springer Nature will award a librarian who has created a project or lead an initiative that has made a positive impact on students, local communities, and/or the library profession. This includes empowering students, improving educational outcomes, supporting diverse research and learning needs, fostering volunteerism and community outreach, developing educational and advocacy programs, and encouraging advances in diversity, equity and inclusion.

To apply for the 2021 scholarship, library employees are asked to submit a presentation document or PowerPoint detailing their project or initiative. The recipient will be a person who has demonstrated an active interest in the library profession, but may not have had an opportunity to attend the Charleston Conference. Our aim is to support these librarians who are bettering the world with their work and supporting diversity in the library profession. 

The winner of the scholarship  will receive one virtual registration to the 2021 Charleston Conference.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 22, 2021.

Scholarship details

How to enter

Send the following information by Monday, October 18, 2021 to:

  • Name, title and institution
  • Attached submission in Word, PDF or PowerPoint file format


All submissions will be judged by a panel of three librarians based on the following criteria:

  • Overall link to topic
  • Creativity
  • Impact of project or initiative

Prize and Notification

The cost of one virtual conference registration for the virtual Charleston Library Conference will be awarded to one winner. 

Winner will be notified by email.

Official Rules

By submitting an entry to, you agree to the Official Rules.  Only email submissions will be accepted. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Canada 18 or older. Limit one entry per person.

For additional information about the Charleston Library Conference, please visit