Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

Contact: Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Program Officer, Office for Diversity


For Immediate Release

October 9, 2007

Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is pleased to announce the 10th cohort of Spectrum Scholarships. The Spectrum Scholarship Program's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students for graduate programs 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 in the new millennium. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded a total of 495 Spectrum Scholarships. Nearly 70 percent of past Spectrum Scholars remain active in the ALA three years after graduation.

The 2007-2008 Spectrum Scholars are:

  • Sara Abdmishani, University of Kentucky

  • Raymundo Andrade, San Jose State University

  • Lisa Ree Anfield, Kent State University

  • David Aponte, San Jose State University

  • Aimee Yeong Babcock-Ellis, University of Maryland - College Park

  • Seung-Hae (Diana) Bang – MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholar, University of Western Ontario

  • Rita Benitez, McGill University

  • Gaurav Bhatnagar – ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Michigan

  • Dana Lee Bing - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Pittsburgh

  • Jennifer Blakely, Wayne State University

  • Angela Bonds, Simmons College

  • Carmen Boston, The Catholic University of America

  • RaShauna Brannon, North Carolina Central University

  • Alice C. Brown, Florida State University

  • Norah A. Burns, Drexel University

  • Phillippa Caldeira – Louise Giles Spectrum Scholar, San Jose State University

  • Kathy Carroll – Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple, University of South Carolina –


  • Caroline Caviness – Leo Albert Spectrum Scholar, Rutgers University Tina Chan, Simmons College

  • Stephen S. Chan, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Lulu Chen, Simmons College

  • Linnae Ann-Marie Cintron, Clarion University

  • Henrique Balbino Coelho, Simmons College

  • Christine Cordova, Syracuse University

  • Michael Sean Creedon, Syracuse University

  • Yago Said Cura, Queens College

  • Prisciliana Delgado, University of Texas – Austin

  • Heather Devine, San Jose State University

  • Dan Tam Do, Indiana University

  • Khue Duong - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Washington

  • Akunna Eneh, Simmons College

  • Rita Felton-Mitchell, Chicago State University

  • Yesenia Figueroa, University of Pittsburgh

  • Jamey Frails, Florida State University

  • Blodine F. Francois, SUNY – Buffalo

  • Sheneatha Frison, University of Missouri

  • Brenda Garcia, Dominican University

  • Meseret Gebrekristos, University of Michigan

  • Sarah Geisler, Queens College

  • Andrea Gibbs, University of Alabama

  • Glynnis Gilbert, University of Maryland - College Park

  • Janelle Gonzalez, University of South Florida

  • Susan Hoang, San Jose State University

  • Doreen Howson, Long Island University

  • Christine Jackson, San Jose State University

  • Lynette Jackson, University of Texas – Austin

  • Robert L. Jones, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

  • Bergis Jules, Indiana University

  • Marc Levitt, University of Michigan

  • Jenny Lockerby, University of Pittsburgh

  • Gilbert Lopez, San Jose State University

  • Teresa Mares - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, San Jose State University

  • Vanessa Tepsis Martin, University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Roshin Mathew, University of Maryland - College Park

  • Edwin Maxwell, Queens College

  • Shakema Miller, Drexel University

  • Michelle M. Miller, Kent State University

  • Andres Montejo, University of Michigan

  • Claudia Moore - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Missouri

  • Dolly Morse, University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Janice Murray, University of South Florida

  • Sarah Beth Okner - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Illinois - Urbana-


  • Bijal Patel - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of Texas – Austin

  • Annie Patrick, University of South Carolina – Columbia

  • Kimberly Patton - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, Florida State University

  • Richard S. Porter, Drexel University

  • Natalie Pulley – MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholar, University of South Carolina - Columbia

  • Rona Razon, The Catholic University of America

  • Francis Reyes - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, University of North Texas

  • Jose Rivera, University of California - Los Angeles

  • Amy Roberson, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Megan Rucker, University of Alabama

  • Oscar Rueda, Drexel University

  • Amina SaniKangiwa, Queens College

  • Kristal Sergent, University of Oklahoma

  • Helen Snowden, Drexel University

  • Joi Sorensen, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Autumn Sullivan, San Jose State University

  • Phuong Vu, University of North Texas

  • Jason Yamashita - ALA/ProQuest Bash Scholar, Dominican University

Established 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. For 2007, scholarships have been awarded in honor of the following individuals: Leo Albert, Louise Giles and Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple.

In 2005, the Medical Library Association/National Library of Medicine (MLA/NLM) raised its commitment to provide an additional named annual award and now funds two scholarships a year through 2010. The MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarships support students of color with an interest in the field of medical or health sciences librarianship.

Ten of the 2007 Spectrum Scholarships have been funded by proceeds from the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash. In addition to raising much-needed funds for scholarships, the ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash provides a fun event for librarians each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

The 80 Spectrum Scholarships awarded this year mark the largest cohort of Spectrum Scholars to date. The substantial increase in available scholarships is due both to the generosity of the individuals and organizations above and to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Through the three-year “New Voices, New Visions” grant, IMLS has funded over 35 scholarships a year in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The IMLS is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities. To learn more about the Institute, please visit:

For more information on Spectrum and how you can contribute, please contact the Office for Diversity at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5048 or visit
www.ala.org/spectrum. The application period for 2008 Spectrum Scholarships will open in late October 2007.