June 04, 2007

Bequest to library will create annual scholarships

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. –Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are the beneficiaries of a gift from the estate of Anita Crites Crawford of Champaign.

Crawford's bequest of approximately $147,000 to Morris Library is creating the Emma Smith Hough Library Research Scholarship Awards. The recent bequest establishes the scholarship fund in the name of the late Hough, a longtime Murphysboro resident who was Crawford's sister-in-law and friend. Hough was a high school and city librarian for more than 30 years prior to her death in 1989. The bequest in her honor will provide scholarships to students for creative and exceptional use of library resources to write papers or other creative works.

Each year, a five-person committee from Morris Library will award two $1,500 scholarships to SIUC sophomore or junior undergraduate students and one $2,000 scholarship to a graduate student. One of the undergraduate awards will go to a student majoring in humanities, fine arts or social sciences while the other will go to a student in the sciences, engineering or applied technologies fields. A graduate student in any discipline is eligible.

"We are delighted that Anita Crites Crawford honored her dear friend and Murphysboro librarian Emma Smith Hough with this bequest," said David Carlson, SIUC Library Affairs dean.

During her lifetime, Hough was active with St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, the Murphysboro Junior Women's Club and the Jackson County Nursing Home Auxiliary. The local chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha recognized her altruistic endeavors in 1976, presenting her with the Distinguished International Academy of Noble Achievement (DIANA) Award.