Midwest Archives Conference Award Announcement: Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color

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February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021
United States
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Archival Science, Library and Information Science


Good afternoon. I am a member of the Midwest Archives Conference's 2020-2021 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Committee, and am happy to share the call for nominations for the scholarship, which allows students of color studying in an accredited archives program within the U.S. Midwest to attend the Midwest Archives Conference. Please see the full text of the announcement below for more information.


Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited


The Midwest Archives Conference is soliciting applications for the 2021 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color (http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley). The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.


In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. The applicant must also be either a resident of the MAC region or registered in a qualified program, onsite or online, that is based in the MAC region.


Applications are due March 1, 2021, and must include the following documents:


  • Completed Application Form, available at http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley

  • Transcript from the applicant's most recent academic program (unofficial transcript is acceptable)

  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant's interests and future goals in

  • archival administration

  • Two letters of recommendation


Completed applications should be sent to:


Rebekah McFarland

Certified Archivist

Sisters of the Living Word



Applications must be emailed by March 1, 2021.

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2021.

Contact Info: 

Meg Hixon

Processing Archivist, Special Collections Research Center, University of Michigan Library

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