The Connis O. Brown Scholarship 


The Connis O. Brown scholarship award enables records management professionals who lack company financial support an opportunity to attend the VAGARA annual conference. The VAGARA Scholarship Committee will select the winners. 


Connis O. Brown Scholarship/s is valued at the current year conference registration fee and includes: 

·         Complimentary full-conference registration

·         Up to two (2) night hotel stay at Conference hotel of VAGARA’s choosing

·         Recipient must pay for their own travel to and from the conference and other expenses

·         Scholarship is non-transferable

Availability of funding is determined on an annual basis. VAGARA reserves the right not to offer awards unless funding is available. 


·         Current VAGARA member in good standing as of April 1 of the applied year

·         Demonstrated lack of organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference from agency/institution

·         Has not been awarded the Scholarship in the past two (2) years

·         Be a full-time employee (no part-time or interns) with affiliation in the archives, records management or information systems fields.

·         Submit a completed application on line or print and email as directed on form

·         Demonstrate through questions asked an avid interest in a career in records management.

How to Apply
Complete the application form to include:

·         Applicant information

·         Complete the goals, achievements and summary questions

·         Must include a statement of support from your current supervisor with details as to circumstances as to why all or partial funding is not available for attendee to participate in annual conference and approval for individual to attend if awarded scholarship.


Selection Criteria 

The Scholarship Committee will select from the applications one or more individuals with a financial need whom they believe are most likely to leverage the opportunity. They will select candidates who are eager to learn and plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained by attending the conference to benefit their careers and their organizations.  New records management professionals are encouraged to apply. 

All applicants will be notified of results via email.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

If selected for a scholarship, applicant/s must confirm their ability to attend the event. Winners will be expected to maintain a current VAGARA membership throughout the membership year in which they have won.  He/she will be asked to be featured in VAGARA conference promotions and newsletters and to be recognized at the conference. 


To apply, fill out the Connis O. Brown Scholarship form and submit to Dianna Catron, Scholarship Chair 

Who was Connis O. Brown?  Find out HERE.

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