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Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship

The Richland Library Foundation established the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship in 2010 in honor and recognition of Mrs. Ethel Bolden’s years of service to the Richland County community and its libraries. The $3,500 scholarship will be awarded annually through 2017 and possibly thereafter. The scholarship seeks to encourage and provide financial support to students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups who are working toward the completion of a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina.

Ethel Bolden, consummate advocate and pioneer for library services to African-American children, worked diligently for 40 years in the community to promote reading and establish excellence in library services. She established the first elementary school library at (formerly all-black) Waverly Elementary, served as school librarian at Perry Junior High, worked as the first African-American faculty member and librarian at Dreher High School, and served twice on the Board of Trustees at the Richland Library.

Application materials must be postmarked by June 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified regarding their status by July 15, 2017. The selection committee reserves the right to elect not to award the scholarship if at least one complete application is not received from a candidate meeting the high standards of the scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals are eligible to submit an application for the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship if they:
  • Are a legal resident of South Carolina.
  • Have been fully admitted into the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of South Carolina (full or part time status).
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service or other activities that reflect leadership abilities.
  • Have shown outstanding academic performance.
  • Are a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

Forms to Submit

The following information must be submitted and postmarked by June 15, 2017

  • Proof of admission into the MLIS degree program at the University of South Carolina.
  • Completed application for the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship.
  • Current resume.
  • Two letters of reference from individuals who are able to describe the applicant’s academic, work and/or community service achievements are required. References should be placed in sealed envelopes and postmarked no later than June 15.
  • A 300-word essay that describes the applicant’s interest and any work in the field of librarianship, including volunteer work. Also indicate what specific competencies or characteristics the applicant believes he/she can bring to the librarian profession and level of community involvement and leadership potential.

To apply, please contact:

Tina Gills, Development Director, Richland Library
1431 Assembly Street,
Columbia, SC 29201
Applications can be downloaded electronically and submitted by mail or submitted via the online form below.

Please fill out the application below.