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Dolores D. Nichols Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship was created by Earl Nichols in memory of his wife Delores D. Nichols who died on November 24, 1998. The scholarship will help students pursuing an education in the field of Library Science. Mrs. Nichols graduated with honors from Tennessee Technological University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. She also received a Masters Degree in Library Science from George Peabody College.

Mrs. Nichols spent her entire working life in the field of Library Sciences. She served as a student assistant in the Tennessee Tech Library from 1955 to 1956. She was the Bookmobile Librarian from 1957 to 1963 and served for 34 years (1963-1997) as Assistant Director of the Upper Cumberland Library. She was serving as the Director of the Upper Cumberland Library at the time of her death. She contributed to the expansion of public library services in the Upper Cumberland Region and improved literacy and adult education in neighboring counties.

Mrs. Nichols was a member of the Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education, where she served as Family Life Chair and Global Chair, earned the Tennessee Extension Homemakers Council Certificate for Outstanding leadership and Honorary Membership, and was the Family and Community Education (FCE) District Four Woman of the Year in 1992. She won the Putnam County Extension Homemakers Reading Club Award and District Four FCE Program of Work Award, served as Charter President of District Four, TEHC, Treasurer of the Tennessee Library Association, as finance chair for the Public Library Association, was a member of the Southeastern Library Association, American Library Association, and mid-state Library Association, and served as past president of the Inner Wheel of Cookeville.

Mrs. Nichols devoted her entire working career to improving educational opportunities by making library facilities available to the general population of this region. She loved education and library sciences and it is only fitting that a memorial scholarship be established in the field of Library Science. Her husband, Earl Nichols, received the first graduate degree conferred by Tennessee Technological University.
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  • Dolores D. Nichols Memorial Endowed Scholarship