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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 award includes complimentary registration to the SGA annual meeting, hotel registration, and $300 for travel expenses.


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.

To Apply

Scholarship Application (Google Form)

Applicants for the award may self-nominate or be nominated by others. To apply for the Taronda Spencer Award, please complete the Scholarship application with all required supplemental materials prior to  September 21, 2019.

Letters of interest must include the following information and supporting documentation:

  • Student’s current enrollment status;
  • Statement 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.

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