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College of Information and Communications

Spectrum Scholars

The School of Information Science will support three Spectrum Scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year. These students will also be Augusta Baker Scholars and the iSchool will match the Spectrum Scholarship’s $5,000, giving each scholar a total of $10,000 toward their graduate library and information science degree.

Baker Scholars will work with faculty advisor Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, and will have opportunities for networking, research and access to EDI and social justice initiatives and activities.

To receive this total scholarship award at the School of Information Science, students must:

  • Have been selected as a Spectrum Scholar.
  • Have applied and been admitted to the MLIS program at the University of South Carolina.
  • Meet the Spectrum Scholars guidelines and enroll in the MLIS program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program, an initiative of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, 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. More than 1,200 library leaders of color have benefited from funding, community building and opportunities to collectively advance equity, diversity and inclusion as part of the Spectrum network.

In addition to funding 60 students annually with $5,000 tuition scholarships, Spectrum:

  • Fosters peer mentoring to help individuals at every step of their career find pathways for contributing their unique talents and skills.
  • Provides participants unique access to ALA networking, professional development and continuing education.
  • Builds a critical mass of students, professionals and LIS faculty invested in advancing social justice initiatives in library services and library spaces.

Each year ALA provides over $450,000 in scholarships. 


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