Hunter Scholar Award

This award is jointly provided by Hunter Library, Graduate School and Research, Educational Outreach, and the Office of the Provost. The Hunter Scholar Award provides release time, a graduate assistant, and other support to promote research that takes heavy use of library resources and services. 


  • Release time for one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester
  • Full-time Graduate Research Assistant for the two semesters
  • $400 support funds (can be used for supplies, travel, or other expenses related to the project as pre-approved by the Dean of Library Services)
  • Study carrel in Hunter Library for fall and spring semesters


  • All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members


  • Past recipients in the last five years
  • Past recipients who have received the award twice


  • The Hunter Library Scholar Award recipient must develop the project in the fall semester with the Hunter Library liaison associated with the recipient’s program/department.  The recipient will present results the following fall semester separately to university community and the general public.
  • The recipient and the graduate assistant will develop a weblog (blog) that chronicles the research project and the project’s progress on at least a monthly basis.  The blog will be publicly available and linked to Hunter Library’s web site.  The Hunter Library liaison associated with the recipient’s program/department can assist with the blog’s creation.
  • The recipient must submit a final written summary the following spring to the Provost and the Dean of Library Services.
  • The recipient will serve on the following year’s Hunter Scholar Award selection committee.

Application Guidelines:

  • Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a regionally related component of the research project.
  • Length of employment at Western Carolina University is not a consideration factor in the selection of the recipient.
  • Applicants should demonstrate how library resources and services will be used in the project.  Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hunter Library liaison that is associated with their department/program ( to assist in the development of this aspect of the application.
  • Graduate student involvement is paramount to a successful proposal.  Good proposals will show the benefit to the student, clearly outline the role of the student in the project, and address the educational impact of the project on the graduate assistant’s learning.  Demonstration of active mentoring of the graduate assistant by the Hunter Scholar Award recipient is strongly encouraged.
  • Applications that forego the use of a graduate assistant or the course release(s) will not be considered.  Course releases must be used as one fall course release and one spring release. 
  • Applications will not be evaluated based on the applicant’s previous internal or external funding.  However, preference will be given to applications that outline opportunities for possible external funding based on the Hunter Scholar’s research project.
  • Application Due Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Complete Hunter Scholar Award Application and email a copy at


  • The Hunter Scholar Award Committee will consist of the Associate Dean of Library Services, two members from the Research Council (one of whom will be the Library’s representative on the Council), a representative from Research Administration, and the current Hunter Scholar.  Award Committee recommendations will be provided to the Dean of Graduate School and Research as well as the Dean of Library Services.  Applications will be evaluated using this form.

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