This week, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information science. We are pleased to share that two University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) students were recipients of this prestigious award:
- Jennifer Conway, Master of Library and Information Science, joined the program Spring 2019
- Gabi Huesca, Master of Library and Information Science, incoming for Fall 2019
Established by the ALA in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship is awarded annually to students from underrepresented groups seeking a graduate education in library and information science. The program fosters the growth of diverse professionals in the field with the aim of addressing historic under-representation and to position libraries and information institutions to best meet the needs of culturally diverse communities.
Spectrum Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as other benefits including free admission to the ALA annual conference, free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute, and mentorship opportunities.
This scholarship is highly competitive and esteemed, with recipients selected from among hundreds of applicants. Receiving this award is a testament to Jennifer and Gabi's commitment to equity and inclusion, the library profession, community outreach, and to their outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential.
Many congratulations to these outstanding students!