2017 Donna Hoke Scholarship -application deadline: May 26, 2017

2017 Donna Hoke Scholarship,

 Sponsored by the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus, Inc. (NYBLC)

DEADLINE: MAY 26, 2017


The New York Black Librarians’ Caucus (NYBLC) has opened applications for the 2017 Donna Hoke Scholarship.  The scholarship recognizes students of African American or African descent, currently enrolled or accepted to an ALA-accredited MLS program; and who have shown both an acquired proficiency in, and a strong commitment to the field of librarianship. A maximum of two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded during the fall semester. In addition to the Donna Hoke Scholarship, applicants may be eligible to receive one of the various book awards offered by NYBLC.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2017 NYBLC Donna Hoke Scholarship is May 26, 2017.

Who is eligible: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have completed at least six credits in an ALA-accredited MLS program. Applicants must be residents of New York State. Officers of the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus are not eligible. Former applicants must submit an updated application.

Requirements: Those interested must submit an application that includes an acceptance letter to an ALA-accredited MLS program or transcript of completed courses in the field of librarianship; appropriate official transcripts (last degree earned and completed courses in the field of librarianship); two letters of recommendation, which support both the applicant’s competency and commitment to libraries; and a 500-750 word, typed essay about the applicant’s aspirations in librarianship. Applicants will be required to interview with the scholarship committee, either in person or via conference call. Interviews will be scheduled in July.

To apply for the NYBLC Donna Hoke Scholarship and to learn more about the application process, visit http://www.thenyblc.org/Scholarship.html. For more information, please contact Tracy Crawford: tcrawford@queenslibrary.org or Simone L. Yearwood: Simone.Yearwood@qc.cuny.edu.

The Donna Hoke Scholarship was established by the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus to encourage students of African descent to enter the field of librarianship. The fund was named in honor of a young librarian who was an active member of the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus and other professional and civic organizations. Donna Hoke was deeply concerned about the issues confronting minority communities and was committed to bringing about positive change.

Ms. Hoke began as a page in the Queens Borough Public Library, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois. Because of her interest in children, she became a specialist in children’s services. At the early age of thirty, Donna Hoke succumbed to Hodgkin’s disease.

Tracy Crawford

Curator, Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County

Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center

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