New England Independent Booksellers Association

The Rusty Drugan Scholarship
(with support from BPRNE)

The Rusty Drugan Scholarship for Emerging Leaders is awarded annually in memory of Wayne “Rusty” Drugan, Executive Director of the New England Independent Booksellers Association from 1992 to 2006.

2015 Rusty Drugan Scholarship Winners

Ryan Elizabeth Clark has worked as a bookseller at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH for 3 years. She's been a bibliophile for as long as she can remember, tearing through books since before she could walk. The Harry Potter Series was her first real love, which explains why she still enjoys escaping into a Fantasy or YA novel. Her favorite books (aside from her beloved Potter) include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Night Circus (her wedding theme included both of these books), as well as everything John Green and Rainbow Rowell have ever written. When she's not recommending the latest Young Adult novels at Gibson's, Ryan can often be found in Walt Disney World (usually recommending novels to the cast members and characters that she meets).

Alex W. Meriwether is the Marketing and Events Manager for Harvard Book Store, Harvard Square's landmark independent bookstore. Alex started as a bookseller in 2004, and has served various roles in the company over the years, including social media coordinator, store photographer, graphic designer, shift supervisor, and event supervisor. His go-to book recommendations are The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (the book he read every evening on his front porch, the first summer he lived in Boston) and Tom McCarthy's Remainder (his most memorably fortuitous discovery going through the break room galley table as a bookseller).

      • Applicants must presently be working full-time in a NEIBA member bookstore and have been working for at least a year.

     • Candidates may apply directly for the scholarship or be nominated by others in the book industry.

     • The scholarship includes 2 nights at the Fall Conference NEIBA Headquarters Hotel and 2 tickets to each meal function.

If you are nominating yourself, please describe in detail your background, the reasons for your interest in the award and include a copy of your resume.

If you are nominating someone else, please indicate in detail why you are nominating this person.

- Nominations/applications must include all the following information for both the applicant and the nominator: Name, Store Name, Current Position and Store Address.


                                                 Past Winners

2014       Ann Zimmerman, Everyone's Books, Brattleboro VT

2013       Skylar Atkins, Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury VT

2012       Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, S. Hadley MA

2011       Stacey Fish, Village Bookstore, Littleton NH

2010       Josh Christie, Sherman's Books and Stationery, Freeport ME

2009       Susan Schlesinger, Brown University Bookstore, Providence RI

2008       Susan Fox, Rd Fox Books, Glen Falls NY

2007       Megan Sullivan, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA

New England Independent Booksellers Association
1955 Massachusetts Avenue, #2, Cambridge, MA  02140
(617) 547-3642; fax: (617) 547-3759         

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