The Society of American Archivists promotes the values and diversity of archives and archivists by offering a variety of professional development assistance and scholarships for graduate students to cover the cost of school or attend the annual meeting, held in late summer in different cities throughout the country, which include a wide array of informative educational sessions and networking opportunities.
Holly A. Smith, SAA Diversity Committee Co-Chair
"I believe archivists have a powerful and important mission - to help shape and preserve the collective memory of diverse communities. SAA has a number of opportunities available to support you in your exploration of career paths. I found my passion in this field and would love to share my journey with you."
If you'd like to talk more with Holly about careers in archives and SAA, visit her profile.
F. Gerald Ham and Elise Ham Scholarship
Supports graduate students in their second year of a two-year professional archival studies program. Criteria for selection of the award recipients include the applicant’s past performance in her or his graduate program in archival studies as well as faculty members’ assessment of the student’s prospects for contributing to the archives profession. Selection will be made based on merit. Up to two scholarships of $7,500 each may be awarded each year. Apply online at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-ham by February 28.
Provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded each year. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership in the Society of American Archivists and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting for the year in which the scholarship is received. Apply online at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic by February 28.
Josephine Forman Scholarship
Provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. One scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a deserving recipient. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH. Apply online at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-forman by February 28
ARL/SAA Mosaic Program
Promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. Note: Application process and deadlines for this award are separate from those of other SAA awards. Please see the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program website for details.
Donald Peterson Student Travel Award
Supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Recipients receive up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting. Apply online at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-peterson by February 28.
Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award
Recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists. Up to two awards may be given during an awards cycle. Each recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA. Preference will be given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year preceding the date on which the award is given. Apply online at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-pinkett by Feburary 28.