Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Society of American Archivists Press Release

Mosaic Scholarship Established by SAA

Financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science

CHICAGO-The Society of American Archivists (SAA) has established a new scholarship for minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. The Mosaic Scholarship will provide $5,000 in financial aid and offer mentoring support to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist. It will be awarded to two applicants for the first time in 2009.

Archives contain historical records and artifacts, and archivists work to ensure the identification, preservation, and availability of the nation's historical record. The Mosaic Scholarship was established in 2008 to promote diversification of the American archives profession. The award will be given to applicants who demonstrate potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

"SAA is committed to recruiting and developing a diverse archives workforce and the Mosaic Scholarship is one important step toward achieving that goal," said SAA President Frank Boles.

Scholarship applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada, and be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent. They must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year. For more detailed information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, go to:

archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.asp

The application deadline is February 28, 2009.

In addition to the scholarship, awardees will receive a one-year membership in the Society of American Archivists and complimentary registration to the 2009 SAA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The Society of American Archivists is a Chicago-based national professional organization representing more than 5,400 individual and institutional members. Founded in 1936, its mission is to serve the education and information needs of its members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation's historical record.

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