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Promoting Reading in Our Community

Maurine Rose & Carroll Gerard Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

The Maurine Rose and Carroll Gerard Donnelly Memorial Scholarship is open to high school students who have been accepted into an institution of higher learning. The scholarship is open to Center Moriches Free Public Library cardholders only.

Every year we have been able to award multiple scholarships to our local seniors. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

The deadline for the Scholarship Application is May 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm.

Completed application packets must be mailed to or dropped off at:

Center Moriches Free Public Library
235 Main Street
Center Moriches, NY 11934
Attn: Marcie Litjens

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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.

Scholarship Winners


  • Kimberly Cotrel
  • Hailey Poach
  • Amanda Shannon


  • Clifford Baynon
  • Rose Hayes
  • Lilyanna Schaefer
  • Skyler Dobrie (Honorable Mention)


  • 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.