Two IS students are awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarships

Two students in the Masters program in the ELMS/Arkansas-Tennessee Cohort and Northern California Cohort are recipients of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship. Congratulations to Nathalie Garcia-Gomez (ProQuest Scholar);ELMS Cohort and Chantel L. Walker, Northern California Cohort.

The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awarded 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.  In the 2017 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.  A prestigious committee of nine jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. Each master's-level scholar receives $5,000 as well as over $1,500 toward professional development opportunities. 

In 2016 six students from the IS Department received Spectrum scholarships, including five from the Northern California and Greater Los Angeles cohorts and one from Texas.

Congratulations to our UNT students!

For the full ALA release and to see a list of all the scholars click here.