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Promoting Reading in Our Community

Maurine Rose & Carroll Gerard Donnelly Memorial Scholarship


We could really use someone who can help with fundraising.  Not only are funds needed for the many items we provide to the library, it also supports our Scholarship Program.  The Friends recently awarded $500 scholarships each to two local seniors and we would like to continue this wonderful tradition.  If you have some good fundraising ideas and skills, please contact us: Friends of the Library, P.O Box 704, Center Moriches, NY 11934, Phone: 631-878-0940, ext. 8, Email: .

The Maurine Rose and Carroll Gerard Donnelly Memorial Scholarship is open to high school students who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college. The scholarship is open to Center Moriches Free Public Library cardholders only. One scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded.

The 2021 Scholarship program is now over.  This year’s recipients of the $500 award each are Emily Ferguson and Alexa Salvaggio.  Congratulations!!

We are now focusing on building the scholarship fund for our 2022 graduates.  Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

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Essay Criteria

  • Theme: How the library has had an impact on my life personally or educationally.
  • Typed essay no longer than 500 words.
  • Include your library card number on the essay.
  • DO NOT include your name.

An application form is available on this page.  Additional information and application forms are also available at the Library.

Previous Winners


  • Emily Fergusen
  • Alexa Salvaggio



  • Jane Adams
  • Patrick Murray

About Maurine Rose & Carroll Gerard Donnelly

Maurine Rose Donnelly was a founding member of the Friends of the Center Moriches Library. She was a passionate volunteer for the FOL and was known for enriching lives by leading poetry groups and beautifying the property with a gardening club. She was employed as the Library’s publicist for many years until her retirement.

Hired in 1964, Maurine’s husband, Carroll Gerard Donnelly, was the first Library Director and oversaw the construction of the new library that is located at 235 Main Street. The library grew and thrived under his leadership until his sudden passing in 1990.

Mr. and Mrs. Donnelly’s dedication and commitment to the library has left a mark in history. Their hard work will be remembered and honored through this scholarship.