The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:
The National Genealogical Society will be awarding one scholarship for American Genealogy: A Home Study Course. The scholarship will cover the cost of all three CDs as well as the grading of assignments and comments provided by experienced genealogists. This represents a value of $475.
All NGS members pursuing a career in genealogy are encouraged to apply. The course is an in-depth learning opportunity aimed at the intermediate to advanced researcher. Applicants should have previous experience with recording genealogical information, using family and published sources, vital records, and writing some citations for birth, death, and marriage information.
Preference for the scholarship will be given to individuals who have demonstrated serious interest in genealogy by attending regional and/or local conferences, undertaking genealogical training, and subscribing to genealogical publications. The application consists of a form for personal information and an essay. The essay provides the opportunity for applicants to describe why they intend to pursue a career in genealogy; the extent of their research experience, past and current genealogical education; and how the Home Study Course will aid in their career development.
Applicants must submit a completed application by 1 May 2007. The NGS Scholarship Committee will review all applications. Notification of the award will be made by 15 May 2007 and announced at the NGS Conference in the States and Family History Fair in Richmond, Virginia.
A current student of the home study course offered the following comments about her experiences: "I'm so glad that I am taking the NGS course. I've really gotten a lot out of it and I enjoy doing the assignments. I'm actually going to miss doing them when I finish the course. Of course, I could always go back and do some of the assignments again using different ancestors or I could get that Board application out and work toward certification. No matter what I do after the course is finished, I'm sure that whatever I do, what I've learned from the course will be carried over and I'll do it better. While taking the course, I've noticed changes in the way I approach doing my own genealogy and how I research for others on my volunteer days at the county archives. I can't praise this course enough and I hope that other students feel the same way," said Deborah A. Carder Mayes.