February 21, 2002
Applications are available for the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship provides $3,500 to help aspiring minority law librarians obtain the educational credentials necessary to enter the profession.
Established by the American Association of Law Libraries and West Group, the scholarship is awarded annually to minority students that best embody the career goals of the law librarian profession. To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must be members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines. They must also be degree candidates in accredited library or law schools. Preference is given to individuals with previous service to or interest in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.
Last year West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market, donated $150,000 to permanently sustain the endowment.
"West Group has been a longtime supporter and sponsor of the AALL, and the heart of our partnership has been education and outreach," said Anne Ellis, director of librarian relations for West Group. "We also understand the importance of diversity in the legal profession and feel strongly about supporting programs that can promote greater diversity and opportunity for law librarians. This endowment underscores that commitment."
The scholarship was created by the AALL Executive Board in 1990 in honor of George A. Strait (1914-1989), a longtime AALL member and law librarian. Strait worked at the Harvard University law school library from 1956-76. He left Harvard twice during that 20-year period to help two other law schools build their library collections: Northeastern University in Boston from 1967-69 and Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., from 1972-74. After leaving Harvard, Strait became director of the law library and professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law. In recognition of his career achievements, Strait was awarded the AALL Distinguished Service Award (now the Marion Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award) in 1989.
The deadline for the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment is April 1. For more information about the scholarship, including an application form, please visit www.aallnet.org/services/sch_strait.asp or e-mail AALL Membership Coordinator Rachel Shaevel.