This year’s E.J. Josey Scholarship Committee selected SILS doctoral student Alice Etim’s essay, “Following in the footsteps of Dr. E. J. Josey: LIS Professionals Collaborating to Fix the Digital Divide in Modern Society" as one of the winners of its annual essay-based scholarship competition. Etim's essay was one of two selected out of 28 nominations.
Sponsored by BCALA (The Black Caucus of the American Library Association) the E.J. Josey Scholarship is awarded to memorialize the life and accomplishments of E.J. Josey—BCALA founder, former President of ALA, library leader, social activist and humanitarian. The essays are "judged on the basis of good argument development and critical analysis, clear language, conciseness and creativity."
"Alice Etim is a remarkable young researcher with a strong desire and the intellectual ability to find ways to improve the lot of the most needy," said Dr. Evelyn Daniel, SILS associate dean for Academic Affairs and Etim’s faculty sponsor for the award. "Her paper for the EJ Josey award is consistent with her philosophy and her research agenda."
Two African American students enrolled in ALA accredited programs are selected for the $2,000 unrestricted grants each year. The other recipient of this year's award is Ashanti White from UNC Greensboro, for her essay, “E.J. Josey: An American Avant-Gardist.”