If you’re thinking of applying for the Spectrum Scholarship, keep in mind the deadline is March 8, 2011. In case you’re not familiar with this great scholarship, here’s an excerpt from ALA’s website:

Librarianship is one of the most diverse professions you can find. Today’s librarians are information specialists, Internet guides, educators, public administrators, children’s services specialists, reader’s advisors–the choices and career directions are boundless. However, it is a reality that library staff do not always reflect the communities they serve. Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. To this end, over 600 students from traditionally underrepresented groups have received scholarships, leadership training, professional networking and mentoring in order to build a pool of talented and trained library leaders reflective of the populations served by all libraries. If you would like to join this extraordinary group and you are committed to serving your community, a Spectrum Scholarship can position you for success.

Many members of APALA have been Spectrum Scholars, so let us know if you have any questions about it and we’ll try to get you in contact with someone who can tell you more! You can also check out the eligibility requirements and lists of former scholars.

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