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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.

For 2020, the award includes complimentary registration to the SGA annual meeting. Because the meeting is virtual this year, hotel registration, and the $300 in travel expenses usually covered by the award are not applicable. Award recipients will also receive an award certificate.


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 October 23rd, 2020

Google Form

Nomination Form (Optional): Due October 16th, 2020

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 midnight, October 16th, 2020. Scholarship Applications with all required supplemental materials must be received, by midnight, October 23, 2020. Only electronic submission via Google Form is being accepted. If you have trouble using the Google Form, please contact

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 

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