The Mosaic Scholarship was established by the SAA Council in August 2008 to advance SAA's Diversity Strategic Priority: To provide financial and mentoring 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 award 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.
In the event that certain conditions arise, the following shall apply: 1) if the award exceeds tuition fees for one semester, the balance may be carried over to the next semester; 2) if the recipient drops out of the archival administration program, all unused fees shall be returned to SAA; and 3) if the recipient’s tuition is paid in full by another scholarship or award, the recipient shall decline the Mosaic Scholarship.
Applications must include the following documents:
The Society of American Archivists and the Society of American Archivists Foundation.
The Mosaic Scholarship Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of six members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). Two of the six members are appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve three-year terms. One of these appointees shall be a previous Mosaic Scholarship recipient. The chair of the subcommittee is appointed annually by the President-elect from among the third-year members. The President-elect's appointments shall be made in consultation with the chairs of the SAA Diversity Committee, the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, and the Archival Educators Roundtable.
As the SAA and SAA Foundation budgets permit, up to two scholarships of $5,000 each. 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.
All applications shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.
2009: Janet Ceja and Harrison Inefuku
2010: LaNesha DeBardelaben and Susan Gehr
2011: Rose Chou and Helen Kim
2012: Aditi Sharma Worcester
2013: Barrye Brown (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Rhonda Jones (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
2014: Rebecca Nieto (McGill University)
Maria E. Sanchez-Tucker (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
2015: Desiree Alaniz (Simmons College)
2016: Jimmy Zavala (University of California at Los Angeles)