Glenn E. Estes Fellowship Criteria
The Glenn E. Estes Fellowship is open to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or veteran status with the summarized restrictions below. Applications will be sent to students beginning each January and the deadline is February 15.
- The fellowship will be available to graduate students who are currently enrolled or have been admitted to the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information.
- The student(s) awarded this fellowship must be enrolled in the School Library Information Specialist Program within the School of Information Sciences.
- The student(s) awarded this fellowship will demonstrate promise as a leader, and must intend to pursue a career in children’s and young adult literature.
- The student(s) awarded this fellowship shall have demonstrated excellent academic performance.
- Financial need (in the broadest sense) may be a factor.
About Glenn Estes
Glenn Estes was a nationally recognized authority in children’s literature and a masterful coordinator of conferences involving storytelling, literature, and continuing education for librarians. Professor and associate director of the School of Information Sciences, he served on the School’s faculty from 1967 to 1996. He was editor of the School Media Quarterly for its first seven years and contribute substantially to the field of children’s and young adult literature and children’s materials and services for school and public libraries.
Mr. Estes served as a mentor to hundreds of school librarians whom he educated during his thirty-year tenure. He was exceptionally service-oriented as noted by the following examples. Nationally, he chaired the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children and chaired the ALA Publishing Committee. He was twice a member of the Newbery/Caldecott Awards Committee and chaired the 1980 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee. Regionally, he served as president of the Tennessee Library Association in 1973-74. He oversaw the last of the International Loughborough Literature Conferences in 1983 in which Milton Meltzer, Tomi DePaola, and others participated. This was a memorable event for the international community of literature scholars and practitioners, and he did a great job of showing off Appalachia and Knoxville.
Mr. Estes also published widely and served as editor of three significant reference works. He edited the 430-page American Writers for Children Since 1960: Poets, Illustrators, and Nonfiction Authors (Vol. 61 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series). He published articles in Horn Book Magazine, Book Links, Tennessee Education, and School Media Quarterly.
He was also active in the American Association of School Librarians. He co-authored a book entitled Organization and Administration of the School Media Center published by McGraw Hill series in library education.
Glenn Estes collected nearly 5,000 children’s books, with an emphasis on fairy tales, folklore, Appalachian stories, African American authors, art, poetry, and the classics.
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