Scholarships & Awards

The Massachusetts Black Librarians Network Scholarship fund has been established to provide financial assistance to students entering a Master’s program in Library and Information Science accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
Applications are due on February 28, 2019

P.O.Box 400504
Cambridge, MA 02140

Requirements (download and print an application form for more details)

  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and of African American descent
  • Evidence of admission to an ALA-accredited LIS program
  • Written statement that shows evidence of a commitment to a career in libraries, archives, or other information services work
  • Completed application form

Recipients are announced in March, 2019.

History of the Scholarship

The Network awarded its first scholarship in 1985. In 1995, the scholarship was renamed after June Mullins (1929-1994), a long time activist and a Network member. June was born in New York City and spent her early childhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After a brief career in the U.S. Navy, she attended Howard University’s School Dental Hygiene from 1953-1954, followed by Virginia State College from 1956-7.  June received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in 1980 and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 1985.

June’s professional career as a librarian included positions at Lassell Junior College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, before going to Tufts University.

June retired from Tufts University in 1994, where she had served as Assistant Reference Librarian at the Wessell Library.


Jason_Smith1Congratulations to Jason Smith, the 2014 MBLN Scholarship Winner. Jason is a student at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He’s well on his way to a successful librarian career having acquired internships at Bain Capital and Mass College of Pharmacy.



Year Recipient
2015-2016 Sony Prosper (Scholarship)
Ayoola White and Gabrielle Womack (Academic Support Awards)
2014-2015 Not Given
2013-2014 Jason Smith (Scholarship)
2012-2013 Ashleigh Coren (Scholarship)
2011-2012 S. Hannah Gomez (Scholarship)
2010-2011 Not Given
2009-2010 Miranda Rivers and Derek Mosley (Awards)
2009-2010 Stacie Williams (Scholarship)
2008-2009 Not Given
2007-2008 Steven Booth (Scholarship)
2006-2007 Akunna Eneh (Scholarship)
2005-2006 Tonya Johnson and Amber Moore  (Scholarships)
2004-2005 Khalilah Gambrell (Award)
2003-2004 Michele Rayah Levy (Award)
2002-2003 Not Given
2001-2002 Andrea Plaid
2000-2001 Theresa Leatham
1999-2000 Verdaya Mitchell-Brown
1998-1999 Brigitte Spencer
Paula Mann
1996-1997 Debbie Stephens
LaVentura L. Ellis
1995-1996 Olga Francois
Caryn Bush
1994-1995 Desiree Goodwin
1993-1994 Henrietta Green
1992-1993 Kelly Richards
1988-1989 Katie Fulton
1987-1988 Andrea Chaney
Jessica Mathewson
1985-1986 Joanne Richardson

Other scholarships and awards