DENTON (UNT), Texas -- For the second year in a row, the University of North Texas' College of Information had more students selected as American Library Association Spectrum Scholars than any other library and information science program at a Texas college or university.
Four UNT students were named 2014 Spectrum Scholars and will each receive $5,000 for one academic year. The Spectrum Scholarships are considered to be among the most prestigious scholarships for students earning graduate degrees in library and information science. Twenty UNT students have been named Spectrum Scholars since 2009.
The Spectrum Scholarship Program was established in 1997 by the ALA's Office for Diversity as a national diversity and recruitment effort to address the under-representation of certain ethnic groups in the library profession. In addition to the scholarship, each Spectrum Scholar receives more than $1,500 worth of pre-professional development activities and ongoing leadership training and career placement services.
All of this year's Spectrum Scholars in the College of Information are earning master's degrees in library science. They are:
A fifth student in the College of Information, Angela Price of Memphis, Tennessee, received a $5,000 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship for 2014-15 from the American Library Association. The scholarship is named for a longtime ALA staff member who directed the association's Conference Services Office for more than 20 years.
Price is also earning her degree through ELMS, the college's distance education program in Arkansas and Tennessee. She has worked as a librarian and library assistant for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center since November 2011. Price also volunteers for the Memphis Zoo, where she worked as a zookeeper from 2006 to 2010.