Gen-Fed Alumni Announces 2018 Scholarship

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association has announced details of the 2018 Richard S. Lackey Scholarship, awarded annually to an experienced researcher active in a paid or volunteer position that directly benefits the genealogical community. This year the scholarship will award $600, which covers full tuition for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), and partly defrays hotel and/or meal costs. The Gen-Fed Alumni Association will also host the awardee at the Gen-Fed Alumni Association Banquet on Friday, July 20, 2018, where a check for the amount less tuition will be presented.

Our 2017 recipient, Nancy Calhoun, said, “Receiving the Lackey Scholarship has not only benefited me but also the genealogy and local history staff at Muskogee Public Library and the patrons we assist. We never know what people are going to request.  The training received will assist us in being better equipped to search out that information in the vast collections of National Archives.”

For more information about the Institute, visit The application can be downloaded from the Scholarships page.

All applications and additional attachments must be submitted in PDF format, combined in one file. The completed application form and attachments should be emailed to Angela McGhie at with “Lackey Scholarship 2018” in the subject line. The PDF file name should include last name and first initial, such as “McGhieA Lackey Scholarship 2018 Application.”

A complete application must be received by midnight, (EST) 31 December 2017.  The winner will be notified by 15 February 2018. Other applicants will be notified shortly after that date. The scholarship winner will automatically be accepted for the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., from July 16-20, 2018.

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) Alumni Association purposes are to promote, conduct, and foster education, research, study, and analysis related to genealogy and to disseminate information and support other similar undertakings.