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Black Caucus Stipend

Fort Worth, Texas
TLA Annual Conference April 25 – April 28, 2022 

To further the professional growth of one African descent library school student in the state of Texas by granting a $500.00 stipend for registration fees and conference expenses to attend the annual 2022 Texas Library Association Conference Fort Worth, Texas (April 25 to April 28, 2022). Applicants are judged on an essay of 250-500 words describing how the applicant will benefit from attending the 2022 Texas Library Conference. The stipend winner will be paired with an active BCRT member in a mentor/mentee affiliation for a period of no less than one (1) year.  

AWARD: $500.00  

Eligibility Criteria:
The applicant must meet the following criteria: 

  • The student must be of African descent. 
  • The student must be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an American Library Association accredited university or a CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accredited program and pursuing a Library Science or Information Science/MLS/ MLIS or certification requirement in a library information services area in Texas. 
  • The student must be a TLA and Black Caucus member at the time of winning the stipend. (A TLA/ALA student rate is available.) 
  • GPA 3.0 or higher 

Required Materials:
Please submit the following with your completed TYPED application: 

  • 250–500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, in .doc or pdf, describing how the applicant will benefit from attending the TLA library conference. 
  • The applicant must be willing to submit proof of conference attendance if selected. 
  • An official transcript (signed and sealed) GPA 3.0 or higher 

Acceptance Criteria
The applicant must adhere to the following criteria: 

  • Winner will receive $250.00 by January 15, 2022, to help cover the conference costs. 
  • Winner will receive $250.00 by June 6, 2022, to help cover the conference costs. 
  • Winner must attend the TLA BCRT Brunch, BCRT General Business Meeting, and BCRT Reception during TLA Annual Conference. 
  • Must show proof of registration for the TLA 2021 Conference due by March 1, 2022. Send via email to the chair of the BCRT Conference Stipend Committee; Janice Newsum 
  • Winner must volunteer for an hourly shift daily at the TLA Black Caucus Roundtable booth over the course of the 3-day conference (for a total of three hours). 
  • Winner must write a reflective essay with pictures about the benefit of attending the TLA library conference due by May 23, 2022. Essay will be printed in the BCRT Newsletter. Send via email to the chair of the BCRT Conference Stipend Committee. 

Student(s) will be selected on their academic merit and the essay. 


  • September 1, 2021 to November 30, 2021, Promoting stipend application to Texas Colleges and Universities and turning in application/essay 
  • December 1, 2021, ALL applications are due by 5 pm CST 
  • January 4, 2022 Scholarship announcement/Check $250.00 mailed 
  • April 25 to April 28, 2022, TLA Conference: Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 23, 2022 Reflection Essay due 
  • May 31, 2022 Check $250.00 mailed 

Please forward all applications to: 

Transcripts can be mailed to:
Janice Newsum, Ph.D. 

6111 Del Rio Street
Houston, Texas 77021-1203  

BCRT Stipend Application



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