Bridget Depew knows that it pays to use the library at Montgomery County Community College -- $500 to be exact.
A resident of Schwenksville, Pa., Depew earned the handsome sum as the recipient of the Rhoda Sandler Memorial Award, which is given annually to a MCCC student in recognition of an excellent paper that makes use of the library’s diverse collection, especially media resources.
Depew’s paper, titled The Progression of Blacks in Film: Past, Present and Future, analyzed how the elements of plot, script and even choice of actor, influence certain African American stereotypes and stigmas.
The award winner is identified through a competitive process involving a committee of College librarians who recommend a recipient to the dean of libraries with final approval from the College Foundation. The award was created by Henry Sandler in memory of his late wife, Rhoda, who was the first audio-visual librarian at the College.