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
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.
Congratulations 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.
|2015-2016||Sony Prosper (Scholarship)
Ayoola White and Gabrielle Womack (Academic Support Awards)
|2013-2014||Jason Smith (Scholarship)|
|2012-2013||Ashleigh Coren (Scholarship)|
|2011-2012||S. Hannah Gomez (Scholarship)|
|2009-2010||Miranda Rivers and Derek Mosley (Awards)|
|2009-2010||Stacie Williams (Scholarship)|
|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)|
LaVentura L. Ellis
Other scholarships and awards
- ALA Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups
- ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program
- BCALA Awards
- SAA Fellows, Awards, and Scholarships