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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 2021 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, 2021

Google Form

Nomination Form (Optional): Due September 23, 2021

Google 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 submitted by 11:59pm, September 23, 2021.

Scholarship Applications with all required supplemental materials must be received, by 11:59pm, September 30, 2021. Only electronic submissions via Google Form are being accepted. If you have trouble using the Google Form, please contact Scholarships@soga.org.

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

  • Proof of student’s current enrollment status;
  • Letter of interest describing their interest in a career in archives; and
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty/staff member or archivist with personal knowledge of their interest.

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

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

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