Each year, the Red and Theresa Howse and Jim and Betty Papageorge Library Scholarship provides tuition assistance to a student library worker. The scholarship was created by Beth Howse Baldwin (Business Administration, ‘82) in memory of her parents, Red and Theresa Howse, and in honor of her aunt and uncle, Betty and Jim Papageorge. The wonderful memories that these four individuals shared of their lives in Knoxville – ballgames during Coach Neyland’s heyday, dances, homecoming, and other adventures – influenced Beth as a young woman and instilled in her a love for the University of Tennessee.
The scholarship is open to all applicants who are enrolled at the University of Tennessee, are currently working as student library assistants for UT Libraries, and have demonstrated successful academic performance.
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient, Chloe Freeman. Freeman was selected by a UT Libraries scholarship committee for her dedication to the Libraries and to her studies. Her supervisor, Thura Mack, stated, “Chloe excels beyond meeting the scholarship requirements, especially in academic performance and being an exemplary library employee.…She deserves high marks for her teamwork and willingness to assist wherever needed.”
Freeman began working in Collection Logistics at UT Libraries as an undergraduate student in May 2019 and thought it would be merely an interesting summer position. Two years later, she has really made an impact at the Libraries. She now works in two departments, Collection Logistics and also Community Learning Services and Diversity Programs. She says that working in the Libraries has given her incredible experiences and new opportunities that have helped her when considering her future.
Freeman is a double major in English and Psychology with a minor in Applied Music. Her positions at the John C. Hodges Library have shown her the possibility of pursuing a career in librarianship. “I was unsure of the direction I wanted to take following graduation,” she said in her application. “My position at Hodges has shown me that pursuing a career in librarianship would be a wonderful choice that I could enjoy for years.” She recently applied for admission to UT’s School of Information Sciences.
While busy with two jobs at Hodges Library, her academics have not fallen to the wayside. She is a full-time student with an excellent GPA; and at the same time, she is very involved in campus activities such as serving as a Peer Mentor. Freeman said in her application, “When classes and other jobs have become overwhelming, Hodges has always been a home to return to.”
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