Congratulations to Arantes Armendariz, library services specialist in Henry Madden Library, on being named a Spectrum Scholar from the American Library Association (ALA). He’ll receive a scholarship toward his MLIS degree from San Jose State University. The Spectrum Scholars program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA.

Arantes’ scholarship is the result of an anonymous donor offering an additional $170,000 to the ALA program which provided 20 scholarships as part of the 2020-2021 Spectrum Cohort. 

Spectrum Scholarship Program received four times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable. A prestigious committee of 22 jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to community building, leadership potential and planned contributions to making social justice part of everybody’s everyday work in library and information science. 

Congratulations, Arantes!