Three College of Information master's students have been selected as 2009 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association. They include:
- Nicci Cobb
- Larissa Estes Hammond
- Michelle K. May
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 a $5,000 scholarship, each Spectrum Scholar receives more than $1,500 worth of pre-professional development activities and ongoing leadership training and career placement services.
The College of Information adds $1,000 to the scholarship package of each Spectrum Scholar, as well as out-of-state tuition waivers.
Herman L. Totten, dean of the College of Information, says the college's three Spectrum Scholars "are among the brightest and the best."
"The College of Information's Department of Library and Information Sciences is delighted that its reputation warrants the confidence of these three outstanding students who could choose to go to any library and information program, but chose to come to UNT," Totten says.
Cobb, the daughter of Dan and Janelle Cobb of Ozark, is currently a digital photograph technician at the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Memorial Library and is earning her master's degree in information science from UNT through a distance education program in Houston.
A 2000 graduate of Ozark High School, Cobb received her undergraduate degree in English, with minors in art history and theology, from Saint Louis University. She also earned a master's degree in art history and a certificate in gender studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Cobb expects to receive her master's degree from UNT in 2010.
Hammond, the daughter of Pat and Martha Estes of Frisco, is a library assistant in youth services at the Frisco Public Library. She received undergraduate degrees in English from Brigham Young University and in general arts and sciences from North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. Hammond will also receive her master's degree in information science from UNT in 2010.
May, the director of the Oglala Lakota College Academic and Public Library in Kyle, S.D., is the daughter of Cleon and Fern Boomer of Interior, S.D. She is earning her master's degree in information science from UNT through a distance education program in South Dakota.
She is a graduate of Bennett County High School in Martin, S.D., and received her undergraduate degree in history, with an emphasis on political science, from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. She will receive her master's degree in information science from UNT in 2012.
For more information visit the Spectrum Scholars Program web site.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.