Torres-Morrison earns 2009 Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship

Kimberly Sanders

Program Officer, Education & Scholarships

ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

800-545-2433 x4279

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has named Jade Torres-Morrison of Albuquerque, N.M., the 2009 recipient of the Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship was established by a donation from Hoy’s family and the ALA Exhibits Round Table. It is awarded to those pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies. Hoy was the director of ALA Conference Services for more than 20 years.

From her freshman year of college, Torres-Morrison has devoted her entire career to library work. Passionate about libraries and giving back to her community, she accepted a position as library assistant in her high school library. “I believe in the importance of connecting people to a wide variety of materials and wish to contribute to society by serving and encouraging literacy and the sharing of information and ideas,” she said.

She graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico in 2008, and her dual majors – History and Spanish Language and Literature – attest to her love of research and language. Torres-Morrison is also multilingual, and her volunteer experience has prepared her to work with diverse patrons: she has volunteered with Students of All Colors, a student diversity organization, and she was a representative and participant in diversity programs with the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference and People of Color Conference in Chicago.

Torres-Morrison plans to attend San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.