Spectrum Scholarship winners announced

Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Acting Director, ALA Office for Diversity




For Immediate Release

July 29, 2008

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity has chosen its 2008 Spectrum Scholars. The Spectrum Scholarship Program aims at recruiting applicants and awarding 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 564 Spectrum Scholarships. Nearly 70 percent of past Spectrum Scholars remain active in the ALA three years after graduation.

The 2008 Spectrum Scholars are:

Rhonda J. Allard (MLA/ NLM Scholar), University of Pittsburgh

Kristen Armstrong, The Catholic University of America

Steven De'Juan Booth, Simmons College

Letitia Jeremia Bulic, Florida State University

Orisanmi Burton, Long Island University

Charisse Nicole Byers, University of Southern Mississippi

Leslie Elizabeth Campbell, University of Arizona

Andrew Cano, Drexel University

Melissa Nicol Chance, University of British Columbia

Jeannie Chen, University of California-Los Angeles

Haley Jessamyn Collazo, Pratt Institute

Linda Sue Collins, Chicago State University

Deidra Catherine Garcia, Florida State University

Michelle Gorospe, University of California at Los Angeles

George Edward Gottschalk, University of Oklahoma

Harriett Elizabeth Green (William R. Gordon Scholar), University of Illinois

K'Lani Green, University of South Carolina

Deana L. Greenfield, University of Illinois

Nefertiti Guzman, St. John’s University

Nicole Elaine Head, University of Missouri-Columbia

Katy Seon Hepner, Queens College, City University of New York

Elizabeth Marie Hernandez, Pratt Institute

Elizabeth Hernandez, Dominican University

Adriana Alvarez Huertas, San Jose State University

Rebecca D. Hunt, University of Alabama

Harrison W. Inefuku, University of British Columbia

Marissa Jacobo, San Jose State University

Boutsaba Janetvilay, San Jose State University

Evone Jeffries (MLA/ NLM Scholar), University of Pittsburgh

Suchitra Kamath, Rutgers University

Melissa Nnasimbwa Kayongo, University of Hawaii

Aiza Rianna Keesey, Pratt Institute

Mojgan Khosravi, San Jose State University

Lisa Lavon Kidd (Leo Albert Scholar), University California-Los Angeles

Alice Kim, University of Hawaii

Kimberly Evette Ladson (Howard M. and Gladys B. Teeple Scholar), Drexel University

Samantha Le Blanc, University of Pittsburgh

Hsin-I Desiree Leary, Rutgers University

Hannah Kyung Lee, University of Illinois

Letoria Gales Lewis, Emporia State University

Melinda Maria Livas, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Richard N. Ma, Drexel University

Lauren Elizabeth Mabry, University of Alabama

Onaona Miller, University of Maryland

Angela Patricia Murillo, University of Iowa

Sonoe Tsulan Nakasone, Pratt Institute

Omar Jerome Poler (Louise Giles Scholar), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Margaret B. Puentes, San Jose State University

Laksamee Anne Putnam, University of Illinois

Refugio Ramirez, University of California-Los Angeles

Michelle Anne Ruiz, University of Arizona

Roy Saldaña, Jr., University of Illinois

Pablo A. Sandoval, University of Washington

Ashley Lynn Shifflett, University of Western Ontario

Juan de Jesus Soria, San Jose State University

Amanda Michelle Stinson, University of North Texas

Kimmy Szeto, Queens College, City University of New York

Deborah Kazumi Takahashi, San Jose State University

Laura Arizmendi Tamanaha, San Jose State University

Manju Tanwar, University of South Carolina

Kimberly Rose Trinh-Sy, The College of St. Catherine

Serena Jennifer Vaquilar, Wayne State University

Angela Lynette Watts, San Jose State University

Jovanni M. Williams, University of California-Los Angeles

Krystle R. Williams, University of Michigan

Yani L. Yancey, University of Maryland

Israel Yanez, San José State University

Christine Jennifer Yontz-Orlando, Valdosta State University

Jamie L. Young (YALSA Scholar), Drexel 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 2008, scholarships have been awarded in honor of the following individuals: Leo Albert, Louise Giles, William R. Gordon, 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 2008 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.

Additionally, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), through an ALA Ahead to 2010 grant, has funded one 2008 ALA Spectrum Scholar pursuing a career in young adult librarianship or secondary school librarianship.

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 “Reach 21” grant, IMLS will fund 25 scholarships a year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. 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 2009 Spectrum Scholarships will open in late October 2008.