Virgia Brocks-Shedd Scholarship Award
***Scholarship applications and all supporting documents, should be submitted to the Black Caucus Scholarship Committee Chair, and must be received no later than September 30, 2015.
Description of Scholarship Award
The Virgia Brocks-Shedd Scholarship is awarded by the Mississippi Library Association Black Caucus Roundtable (BCRT) in honor of the late Virgia Brocks-Shedd who devoted twenty-six years of outstanding service to the Humanities. This award is made annually to a minority student and is a one-time, non-renewable award paid directly to the recipient. The recipient must attend the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg. The winner will be announced at the MLA Breakfast Awards during the Annual Mississippi Library Association Conference. The scholarship committee would like to encourage the award recipient to please attend the breakfast.
To be eligible for the Virgia Brocks-Shedd Heritage Award:
- Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
- Applicant must be a minority.
- Applicant must attend the graduate program in Library and Information Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
- Applicant must begin school no later than the next Semester immediately following the award.
- Applicant may have full or part- time status.
How to Apply
The following items must be included in the application package:
- Completed Application Form
- Copy of letter of acceptance to the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) or an official graduate school transcript.
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters should highlight the applicant’s academic and personal abilities and his/her potential to make positive contributions to the library profession.
- One page essay on ONE of the following topics:
- Your vision of the librarian’s role in the twenty-first century.
- What contributions can I make as a minority to the library profession?
Scholarship applications and all supporting documents, should be
submitted to the Black Caucus Scholarship Committee Chair, and must be
received no later than September 30, 2015.
In keeping with Mississippi Library Association’s theme “Stronger Together”, applicants may submit their complete application packet electronically by scanning all required documents into a pdf format and email them to:
Danielle A. Terrell, BCALA Chair
Alcorn State University
J.D. Boyd Library
Virgia Brocks-Shedd Biographical Sketch
Virgia Brocks-Shedd (1943-1992) was born in Carpenter, Mississippi. She graduated from Piney Woods School in 1960. While attending Jackson State University, she studied under Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander and earned a B.S. degree in 1964. She received her masters degree from Atlanta University in 1965. Virgia served as Director of Library Services at Tougaloo College 1985-1991. She was a great leader, role model, educator, actress, poet and mother.
Professional affiliations included:
- Founding member of the Society of Mississippi Archivists
- Member of the Daughters of Margaret performing arts group
Community Service Involvement included:
- Served as a member of Jackson Writers’ Group
- Served two terms as President of The Piney Woods International Alumni Association
- Held membership in the NAACP
- Served on the Board of Directors of the Repertory Theatre
Her published works include:
- “Southern Roads/City Pavements… and We Must Rise”
- “Untitled” and “Definitely” in Mississippi Earthworks
- “Mississippi Woods”
- “Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth”
2014 – Floyce Thomas
2013 – Marsha Belton (Mississippi Valley State University)
2012 – Roberta Martinez Fotter
2011 – Yvonne Slaughter
2010 – Sonia Harper
2009 – Sarah Heidelberg
2008 – Mara Villa
2007 – Billy R. Glasco
2006 – Halima Welch
2004 – LaGena Fantroy
2003 – Raymond Brookter
2002 – Pat Rodgers
2001 – Tasha Lucas
2000 – Jacqueline Quinn
1999 – Chameka Simmons
1998 – Tracy Caradine
1997 – Debra Lundy
1996 – Veronica Walker
1995 – Linda Johnson
1994 – Carol Williams