Monday, January 18, 2010

Scholarships for Archives Study for Underrepresented Students

Originally Posted by Michael Flug on the Chicago Area Archivists Listserv:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nancy Beaumont, Executive Director
312.606.0722 or beaumont@archivists.org

January 2010
Mosaic Scholarships Available
Financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science

CHICAGO—The Society of American Archivists (SAA) will award up to two Mosaic Scholarships in 2010 to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science. In its second year, the Mosaic Scholarship provides $5,000 in financial support, encourages students to pursue a career as an archivist, and promotes diversification of the American archives profession and the American historical record.

Archives contain documents and records of enduring value, and archivists work to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record. The Mosaic Scholarship will be awarded to selected 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.

“The Mosaic Scholarship is just one way—albeit a very important way—in which SAA seeks to advance diversity within the profession,” said SAA President Peter Gottlieb.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States 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 archives administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year. For more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit http://www.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.asp.

The application deadline is February 28, 2010.

In addition to the scholarship, awardees will receive a one-year membership in the > Society of American Archivists and complimentary registration to the Archives*Records/DC 2010, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists.

The 2009 Mosaic Scholarship recipients were Janet Ceja of the University of Pittsburgh and Harrison W. Inefuku of the University of British Columbia.

The Society of American Archivists is a Chicago-based national professional organization representing more than 5,500 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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