The NMSU Library has announced Nicah Montoya and Elizabeth Butler as recipients of The Elizabeth McKenney Titus NMSU Library Student Employee Scholarship. This is the first awarding of this scholarship since its inception. Each recipient will receive $500 to be used toward tuition, books or other needs. Recipients meet the criteria of having a cumulative GPA of 2.75, sophomore level student or higher, and employed in good standing at the NMSU Library for the last two semester prior to the award.
Nicah Montoya, who is from Magdalena, NM, is a junior studying elementary education. She has worked for two years in the Access Services Department. Montoya works at the circulation desk, being the point person for all of the library’s diverse populations. “I’ve learned to be more aware of other people and take their life into consideration when working with them,” said Montoya.
“This scholarship couldn’t have come at a better time because it’s been a struggle this semester financially,” said Montoya. “It’s been a blessing to know that I get through this semester. Thank you to all those who donated!”
Elizabeth Butler, from Albuquerque, NM, has worked in the library for 1 year in the Technical Services Department assisting with discharging books, checking in journals and labeling. She is currently a sophomore studying International Business and also manages to hold down another part-time job at Subway.
“I got to see a lot more books than what I thought we had to offer. I’ve learned to interact better with faculty and have learned a lot about professional communication,” said Butler of her library work experience.