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SEMC Scholarships and Awards

Recognition of Innovation, Service and Leadership in Museum Professionals

Creativity, innovation, and leadership proliferate in museum professionals throughout the southeast. The SEMC Awards Committee needs your help to identify and honor outstanding colleagues who have helped shape the world of museums. The James R. Short Award, the Museum Leadership Award and Emerging Museum Professionals Award include an honorarium given in the award recipient’s name to the SEMC Endowment and a permanent memento, to be presented as part of the Annual Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon. Awards Committee Coordinator Julie Harris urges all SEMC members to take a few moments to consider those worthy friends, colleagues and mentors who, through their work with museums and their activities in museum associations, have provided exemplary service to the southeastern museum community.

JAMES R. SHORT AWARD - Established by SEMC in 1981, the purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have given a lifetime – 20 years or more – of distinguished service to the museum profession, with a significant portion of that service at a museum within the SEMC region. The nominee need not be currently employed nor living in the region. Service to the museum profession through SEMC and other museum associations, as well as employment service, will be considered in the nomination process. Nominations of eligible individuals who have retired or will retire within the year preceding or following the SEMC Annual Meeting are especially appropriate.   Apply  
Past James R Short Award Recipients

MUSEUM LEADERSHIP AWARD – Initiated in 1994, this award recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of five years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.   Apply 
Past Museum Leadership Award Recipients

EMERGING MUSEUM PROFESSIONALS AWARD – Inaugurated in 2007, this award recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeast region. Award eligibility requires less than ten years of experience as a museum staff member and a minimum of two years immediate past tenure with a museum in the SEMC region.   Apply 
Past Emerging Museum Professionals Award Recipients  

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE MUSEUM PROFESSION AWARD - Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a leader with 10 years or more of service to an allied or affiliated professional organization. Such a leader will have assisted the museum profession in areas such as program organization, development of grant opportunities, creation of historic/cultural designations and long term cultural development. The nominee must have direct responsibility, and the programs must have impact on a broad scale – statewide or regionally.   Apply 
Past Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Recipients

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTOR AWARD -Initiated in 1999, this award recognizes a non-museum professional who has contributed his or her leadership expertise, financial support or collections support over a period of 20 years or more to a museum or the museum field in the SEMC region. The nominee has shown distinction in leading/moving an institution or museum-field organization to a recognized position of leadership in collections, programs and/or exhibitions in the SEMC region. Apply  
Past Distinguished Contributor Award Recipients

SEMC Travel Scholarships - Designed to encourage participation of museum professionals at all levels in the Annual Meeting.  Valued at $800.00, the award covers the annual meeting registration of and a travel stipend of $500.00.  The nominee has shown evidence that the annual meeting program answers needs and/or concerns of the applicant, history of involvement in museums and dedication to museums in the SEMC region.