Gifts to the Nancy and Daniel Balz MLIS Scholarship for Returning Students support scholarships for returning students in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program in the College of Information Studies.
Nancy and Dan established this scholarship because of the positive experience Nancy had taking classes in the MLS program in the early 1990’s. While working as a researcher for the Oxford University Press’ Oxford English Dictionary, she updated her 1972 masters in library science education with the computer skills and technical knowledge being taught to LS students at that time. The support of the UMD faculty gave her confidence to pursue her further goal of working in a public library. She spent the rest of her career working in the Montgomery County Library System as a children’s librarian at four successive libraries.