NEIBA Scholarship

2016 Rusty Drugan Scholarship Winner
Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor is a bookseller at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT, where she has worked since April. She previously worked at The Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, CT, where she began her career in bookselling.  A native New Englander, she turned a disinclination for both the outdoors and the cold into a long-lasting love of reading. She is likely to be found in either the fiction or poetry sections.  At the bookstore, she most frequently recommends Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, a novel she is convinced was written with her interests specifically in mind.  Other beloved authors include Zadie Smith, Tony Hoagland, and Oscar Wilde.  After a day of happily pressing her favorite books on people, Cathy is probably writing, reading, or stargazing.


The Rusty Drugan Scholarship

(with support from BPRNE)

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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.

  • 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 1 ticket 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.

Email – 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

2015 Alex W. Meriwether, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA and Ryan Elizabeth Clark, Gibson Bookstore, Concord NH
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