CASL Scholarship

Carolyn Biega O'Neill Memorial Scholarship



The Connecticut Association of School Librarians established this scholarship in November 1966 in memory of

Carolyn Biega O'Neill who died the previous year.



Carolyn Biega O'Neill was a lifelong teacher and librarian. A graduate of Albany Library School, she served for many years as Librarian at Lyman Hill High School in Wallingford, CT. She worked part of the time with Miss Rheta Clark, a School Library Consultant for the State of Connecticut. In 1946, she joined the staff of the Library Science Department of New Haven State Teachers College (now Southern Connecticut State University) where she taught until 1952. Mrs. O'Neill and Miss Clark founded the Connecticut Nutmeg 020 Association of student library assistants. Carolyn was past president of the Connecticut Library Association and active in the New England Library Association. Even after retirement, she remained involved in the field and frequently volunteered at Robert Early Junior High School where her husband was the librarian.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

      • Applicant shall be a Connecticut resident;
      • Applicant shall be accepted or currently enrolled in a Connecticut accredited graduate program or the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) leading to certification as a School Library Media Specialist;
      • Applicant shall possess a 3.0 average or better as evidence by transcripts;
      • Applicant is recognized as one who has shown good character, personality, and ability to work well with others as evidenced by two letters of recommendation, including at least one from the applicant's instructors;
      • Applicant shall write a personal statement of no more than one page, double-spaced offering insight into his/her interest in media studies and plans to continue in the field.

Directions for completing the online application:

Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation:

Write a personal statement of up to 300 words describing your interest and experience in the field of school media studies. Indicate the competencies or characteristics you believe you have to offer to students, teachers and to the profession.

You can either upload your transcript, two letters of recommendation and your personal statement (as separate file attachments) directly into the online application or send in an email to:


List all post secondary schools at which credit has been earned.  If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program in school library studies, indicate school and dates, even if you have not yet earned credit.

Applications open until March 15, 2023.

Click here to complete the Scholarship Application


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