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Contact: Kathleen Hughes
312-280-5021

For Immediate Release
September 2002

PLA to contribute $100,000 to the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Endowment

During the 2002 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors voted to contribute an additional $100,000 to the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Endowment; $50,000 for fiscal year 2003 and $50,000 for fiscal year 2004.

PLA previously donated $50,000 to the Spectrum Scholarship Endowment and in addition, has provided 20 scholarships of $1,500 each for Spectrum Scholars to attend the last two PLA National Conferences. With this recent action, the PLA Board strengthens its commitment to supporting the goals of the Spectrum Scholarship program. For more information please contact PLA at 800-545-2433, ext. 4028 or pla@ala.org.

The Spectrum Initiative's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native students for graduate programs in library and information studies. The initiative was initially funded through a provision of $1.5 million from the ALA Executive Committee in 1997. To date, 229 Spectrum Scholarships have been awarded.

PLA is a division of ALA.



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