SILS Master's Students, Barrye Brown, Rhonda Jones and Kristen Bowen receive 2013 Spectrum Scholarships

August 28, 2013

Barrye BrownBarrye Brown, Kristen Bowen and Rhonda Jones, graduate students at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected to receive 2013 Spectrum Scholarships.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program is offered through the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. Its mission is to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships.

Rhonda JonesEstablished in 1997, the ALA committed resources for 50 annual scholarships of $5,000 a year for Spectrum's first four years. The Spectrum program continues to fund scholarships through the initial endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds.

There are several additional benefits for being a Spectrum Scholar including, a Kristen Bowencomplementary year-long subscription to American Libraries, free admission to the ALA annual conference during the scholarship year, free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute, and much more.    

For more information on the Spectrum program and how you can contribute, please contact the Office for Diversity at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit The application period for 2014 Spectrum Scholarships will open in October 2013.



Barrye Brown is featured in the top right photo and Rhonda Jones and Kristen Bowen are in the bottom left photos.