I am a Spectrum Scholar!

On May 30th I missed a call from someone in Illinois.  I play back the voicemail and it’s Gwendolyn from ALA and she wants to ask me a couple of questions regarding the Spectrum Scholarship that I applied for.  I leave her a message to call me back on the morning of May 31st.


She calls me and…….I am a Spectrum Scholar!!!


There are two honors that I have been wanting since I began my journey into librarianship: to be a

 Spectrum Scholar

Library Journal Mover & Shaker


Well, CHECK!

 Spectrum Scholar

Library Journal Mover & Shaker


Here’s a description of the award:

Spectrum provides a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 scholarship award paid in two installments directly to the recipient.  Recipients must begin a program by the fall semester following the award, funds will be forfeited if enrollment is delayed.  Recipients must be enrolled at the time of the second installment, or they will forfeit this portion of the award.  Recipients are announced at the ALA Annual Conference, two $2,500 installments are awarded in September and January.


Additional Benefits

Spectrum Scholars receive a number of benefits in addition to their scholarship funds, these include:

  • Complementary one-yr. student membership to ALA (includes one-yr. subscription to American Libraries).
  • Free student admission to ALA Annual conference during the scholarship year.
  • Free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute: a 3 day institute that highlights cross cultural models of leadership and features national library and community leaders.
  • Complementary memberships to participating ALA divisions during the scholarship year.
  • Formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
  • Matching scholarships from library schools and other regional library associations.
  • Access to colleagues via an electronic discussion list and online community in ALA Connect.
  • Posted information on job/internship/residency opportunities all over the country and in different types of libraries.
  • Networking with other Spectrum Scholars and library leaders.
  • Participation in a national library diversity initiative and the recognition merited by this distinction.
  • Invitations to present at forums, conferences, and institutes.
  • Opportunities to apply for travel grants to regional institutes and conferences.
    It truly is an honor to be a Spectrum Scholar and it makes me want to work that much harder to be the best Librarian ever!!

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