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Taronda Spencer Award

Taronda Spencer was a member of the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) for 15 years. She served on the Board of SGA and was a perennial contributor to SGA’s many scholarship funds. Her most notable work with the organization involved bringing the annual meeting to her alma mater, Spelman College, in 2006. Ms. Spencer served as a mentor to many students (including past SGA scholarship winners) and personally influenced multiple Spelman students to enter the profession. She was also an active organizer of the HBCU Archives Institute, a charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, and served as Chair of SAA's Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, as well as a member of the Nominating Committee.

To honor her work in encouraging students at HBCUs and students of color to consider careers in the archival profession, the Society of Georgia Archivists established the Taronda Spencer Award in 2014 to support student attendance at the SGA Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting registration fee for the successful 2022 Spencer Award applicant will be waived by the Society of Georgia Archivists. Additionally, the recipient of the award will also receive an Annual Membership to SGA (or a 1 year renewal if a current member) and a $150 credit to apply to a Society of American Archivists (SAA) class or a purchase in the SAA bookstore. Award recipients will also receive an award certificate.

Information about the SGA Annual Meeting can be found here.

Eligibility

Individuals eligible to compete for the award are those currently enrolled as a junior or senior at an HBCU with a demonstrated interest in Archives or students of African-American, Asian/Pacific-Islander, Latino, or Native American descent currently enrolled in a graduate program with a component in archival studies. Applicants for the award may apply with or without additional nomination(s) from professors, colleagues, etc. 

To Apply

Scholarship Application: Due September 30, 2022 Extended to October 7, 2022

Apply online

Nomination by others (optional): Due September 9, 2022

Nomination form

Individuals may be nominated by others, but applications are required of all candidates. Nominations from others will be factored into the selection process. Nomination forms must be received by September 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Scholarship applications with all required supplemental materials must be received, by September 30, 2022 October 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. The application must be submitted through the online form and supplemental materials must be emailed as attachments (PDF preferred) to scholarships@soga.org.

Note that Applications must include the following information and supporting documentation:

  • A cover letter or letter of interest
  • A resume
  • Documentation of your enrollment status (for example, an unofficial transcript showing continuing enrollment)

For additional information, please contact scholarships@soga.org. 

Please click here to submit a donation online to the Taronda Spencer Award.

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