E.J. Josey Scholarship

2018-19 E.J. Josey Scholarship Award

The 2018-19  E J Josey Scholarship Award Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association seeks essay submissions that address the following topic : What is the library’s role in the current political climate as it relates to issues around social justice and the community?

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 14, 2018.  Essays should be submitted in Microsoft Word to:

  • [email protected]
  • The winning essays will be announced at the mid winter meeting of BCALA in Seattle, WA during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in January, 2019.

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 Sylvia Sprinkle-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