E.J. Josey Scholarship

2017-18 E.J. Josey Scholarship Award

The 2017-18  E J Josey Scholarship Award Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association seeks essay submissions that address the following topic : Library outreach and engagement are keys to success for today’s librarians.  Design an outreach program that promotes diversity and inclusion for your community of users.

The E. J. Josey Scholarships are unrestricted grants of $2,000 awarded annually to African American students enrolled in or accepted by ALA accredited programs.

Persons Wishing to Apply Must:

  • Be an African American Citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Be enrolled or accepted by ALA-accredited graduate program leading to a degree in library and information science at the time of application.

The deadline for the essays is December 15, 2017.  Essays should be submitted in Microsoft Word to:

  • [email protected]
  • The winning essays will be announced at the mid winter meeting of BCALA in Denver, CO during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in January, 2018.

Special Instructions:

  • Include a cover letter providing the applicant’s name, address, phone number, graduate program, and name of school and anticipated date of graduation.
  • Essay submissions must be in plain text, Microsoft Word format to be mailed electronically as an attachment.
  • Only essays submitted electronically will be considered. Please include E.J. Josey in the subject line of your electronic submission. The essay must be typed, doubled-spaced.
  • Please use the MLA style and include a minimum of six bibliographical references.
  • Essays will be judged on the basis of good argument development and critical analysis, clear language, conciseness, and creativity.
  • For more information, please contact SylviaSprinkle-Hamlin

Past Winners

2015

Neketta Borden, Texas Women’s University

Kim McNeil-Capers, Queens College

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2010

Alice Etim, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Ashanti White, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2009

Ms. Sandra Eddie, Queens College, CUNY

Ms. Teneka D. Taylor, U. of North Texas

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2008

Mr. Orisanmi Burton, Long Island U.

Mr. Byron McGhee, Valdosta State U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2007

Ms. Jennifer Blakely, Wayne State U.

Ms. Kafi Laramore-Josey, Wayne State U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2006

Ms. Angela Brooks, U. of Tennessee

Ms. Tamitra Rose, North Carolina Central U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2005

Ms. Cynthia Landrum, U. of Southern Mississippi

Ms. Yasmin Morais, U. of Toronto

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2004

Ms. Anita N. Jennings, Texas Women’s U.

Ms. Marianne Harris, U. of Arizona

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2003

Ms. Barbara Beebe, U. of Southern Mississippi

Ms. Joy C. Jackson, U. of Maryland

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2002

Ms. Delphia Williams, San Jose State U.

Mr. Steven K. Profit, U. of South Carolina

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

2001

Ms. Tamika Maddox, U. of Pittsburgh

$ 2,000

2000

Ms. Avril Haughton, South Florida U.

Ms. Delores McLemore, Clark Atlanta U.

Ms. Dorothy W. Williams, McGill U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

1999

Mr. Sterling Joseph Coleman, Jr., Louisiana State U,

Ms. Lucia G. Fisher, North Carolina Central U.

Ms. Jeralyn Jackson, Clark Atlanta U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

1998

Ms. Danielle M. Green, U. of Tennessee,

Mr. Roland Lemonious, Clark Atlanta U.

Ms. Patricia M. Richard, San Jose State U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

1997

Ms. E. Murell Dawson, Florida State U.

Mr. Steven G. Fullwood, Clark Atlanta U.

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

1996

Mr. Steven V. Haynie, SUNY at Buffalo

$ 1,500

1995

Ms. Tamara Stewart, Long Island U.

$ 1,500

1994

Ms. Beverly Huda Abdus-Sabur, UNC Greensboro

$ 1,500