Spontaneous Scholarships 2013: 4 weeks (plus a bit), 84 generous people, 38 lucky people

As we close out the Spontaneous Scholarship drive for this year, I’m happy to report that your donations funded even more people than last year: 26 students and 12 regular SAA members will have their registrations for the SAA Annual meeting reimbursed. As the person who gets to see the messages from everyone, the lucky people and the ones who didn’t get selected, I can tell you that the generosity of the donors is truly appreciated, and everyone is grateful for the chance to get some financial assistance.

For those of you who like numbers, 26 out of 46 student applicants were selected and 12 out of 25 regular applicants, so we were able to fund a little more than half the people who applied. It’s great that we were able to fund so many people since overall donations were down a bit: last year we had 103 donors and raised over $8,000 and this year we had 84 donors giving about $7,500. And I should mention that around the mid-point of this year’s campaign, when I was worried that donations were down, someone who has been very generous in every year wrote an additional Big Check to help out. If it weren’t for that individual’s extraordinary generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to break last year’s record for scholarships. I’m not sure why donations might be down, but I’ll have to give some thought to what I might be able to do to combat possible “donor fatigue.”

But, overall the program has been very successful, of course. Over the past three years your generosity has funded 98 people–58 of them students–and helped them attend the SAA Annual meeting. In 2014 SAA will be returning to D.C., which is traditionally a very well attended meeting. I’m sure we’ll have more names in the hat than ever, so I hope you’ll consider making a donation to help them next June. And thanks again to everyone who contributed this year!



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27 thoughts on “Spontaneous Scholarships 2013: 4 weeks (plus a bit), 84 generous people, 38 lucky people”

  1. As one of the student scholarship winners, I’m so glad that this opportunity exists. This will be my first SAA Conference. At first, I merely thought about possibly attending but after my name was pulled, it seemed like everything fell into place and I’m pumped to go. If anyone has any tips, I would greatly appreciate an email at cammykoch@gmail.com. I plan to continue to donate to this scholarship as long as this is continued. It’s such a great opportunity for students like me who aren’t archivists(yet) to network and gain the experience of being surrounded by those of the profession. Thanks so much to those who donated! Hope to see you in New Orleans in a month from now.

  2. Thank you to all of the generous donors who made this scholarship possible. I’m a student scholarship winner and because of this scholarship I will be able to attend my first SAA Conference. Hope to see you all in New Orleans!

  3. I just wanted to say thank you very much to all of the donors who were generous enough to make this scholarship possible. For me, winning this scholarship is the difference between wishing I could be involved, and actually being able to attend the SAA annual meeting. As an archivist at the very low end of the pay scale, funding for the annual meeting registration makes all the difference in the world. Thanks again, and I very much look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.

  4. I also wanted to throw my thanks into the room! I have to attend the SAA annual meeting this year because I am doing a student poster presentation, but this scholarship has really lightened my load. The project I am presenting on is one I am working on this whole summer, and it is out of state and unpaid. Since I have no income coming in, obviously, every little bit counts, and for me this is a big bit!

  5. It amazes me that for 3 years running you have raised a great amount of money to help our colleagues attend. 84 donors and $7,500 is impressive. Thank you.

  6. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and made this possible! I am a student scholarship recipient. I was certain I would not be able to go to SAA this year, even though many of my friends and classmates were going, mainly due to the cost. Receiving this scholarship helped make it possible for me to attend, when it would have been impossible otherwise. I am so very grateful for the donors’ generosity, and I look forward to the time when I can pay it forward in the future. I would very much love to meet up with any donors who are attending the conference and thank them in person, so please feel to connect with me via Twitter or send me an email.

  7. I’ll add my thanks to the growing list. As a student and first time conference attendee, I’m grateful for Kate for creating this project and for all of the donors that chipped in to help the lucky 38. Thank you all and see you in New Orleans.

  8. The opportunity these awards provide is invaluable. I am very pleased I was chosen to receive this award because I will now be attend a conference I would not be able to go to otherwise. As an active member of SAA in my student chapter and a first time attendee I believe the conference will provide a valuable learning experience. I cannot thank the donors enough for this opportunity. I have been trying to get more involved in the field and I am quite pleased with the positive support of the archives community. It makes me proud to have chosen this field. I hope one day I will also be able to give back.

  9. I’m also a student attending the SAA conference for the first time and this scholarship definitely makes the cost of attendance easier to bear. My sincerest thanks to all the donors who made this possible and of course Kate for her time and talent to make it happen. I look forward to joining the professional ranks in the next year and having the opportunity to make this scholarship possible for others.

  10. A huge thank you to Kate for organizing the Spontaneous Scholarship program and all who donated to it. I kept saying “I will find a way to get to SAA”, dedicated to getting involved but nervous about finances, and this opportunity took an amazing load off. The fact that our profession can come together to encourage broader SAA involvement through a trust-based program makes me smile and know that I’m in the right place. See you in New Orleans!

  11. Thank you in a big, big way to Kate for organizing and to the donors for contributing! Attending SAA is very important for my work and my institution can provide only a very limited amount of support, so this scholarship meant the difference between attending and not. I can’t wait to be able to contribute in the future! See everybody in NOLA!

  12. I would like to thank the donors. These donors are people who find it in their hearts to give and have the utmost generosity for helping students like me attend the SAA conference. I am excited to visit (N’awlins) New Orleans for the first time and meet archival professionals.

  13. Thank you so much for your generous donations to this scholarship fund. Without this, I could not have attended the conference. I truly appreciate the opportunity that has been provided to me by this funding. This is my first SAA conference, and I’m looking forward to the experience. Thanks again!

  14. I just wanted to thank all of the anonymous donors for making my trip to SAA possible this year. Your generosity has certainly made it easier for me to attend this conference this year and I seriously cannot wait to make the most of it. I hope to pay it forward next year!

  15. Greetings everyone! Hats off to Kate for another successful fundraiser. As the local host committee blogger, I want to extend a very special and warm welcome to everyone, *especially* the first-timers, to our beautiful city of New Orleans. We’re thrilled to have y’all coming. For those of you coming for the first time, I highly recommend attending the First-Timers/New Member’s forum on Wednesday evening. After that, I want to extend an invitation to everyone to attend the tweetup (you don’t have to be on Twitter!): http://twtvite.com/saa13tweetup

    For lots of information on New Orleans, see our local host blog: http://www.gnoarchivists.org/category/cosa-saa13/

  16. Oh! Almost forgot – this will be the second year the SNAP roundtable sponsors the SNAP Lunch Buddy program – the sign-up sheet will be posted in the next few weeks. It’s a great way to make new connections at SAA.

  17. As one of the recipients, thank you so much to all the people who donated. It means a lot to me that the community stepped up to help those of us facing difficulties in attending due to financial concerns.

  18. Thanks so much to all the generous donors of this scholarship! I am one of the very lucky recipients who has the opportunity to attend SAA as the president of a regional organization and haven’t been able to attend it since 2004. My place of work recently cut professional development funding and I was trying to figure out how to make this financially work for me to still travel to New Orleans. This scholarship enables me to attend the conference, and I am so grateful to all of you wonderful donors!

  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because of your generosity, you have made it possible for me to attend the 2013 SAA conference. I am very grateful for your donation!

  20. A massive thanks to the scholarship fund and donors. I’d written off being able to attend SAA for the first time, but once Kate announced this scholarship other positive signs to attend all seemed to happen at once. I’m looking forward to bringing back some great info to share with my school’s SAA chapter. Thanks, again!

  21. Thank you to Kate and all those who donated! I am a first timer and student as well so your generosity is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  22. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the donors and sponsors of the Spontaneous Scholorships 2013. I am one of the fortunate student scholarship recipients and am thrilled at this opportunity to connect with fellow student members, participate in the program sessions and roundtable discussions and network with a fine class of professionals. I hope to reciprocate your generosity in the near future. Thank you too to all the folks who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure effective programming and that all the attendees have a positive experience at this year’s conference. I am excited and energized at the prospect of attending my first ever SAA Annual meeting.

  23. As a student scholarship winner I am thankful to the donors who made it possible for me and other first timers to attend the Conference in New Orleans. I am looking forward to the opportunity to further my knowledge of the archives field at the Conference and meeting my fellow peers.

  24. What a wonderful opportunity these “spontaneous scholarships” are to the archival community, especially to students like me who are still learning about the field and yearn to attend conferences like SAA but cannot (usually because of the money). A very big thank you to all of the donors who made the “spontaneous scholarships” possible and to Kate for creating the opportunity to begin with.

  25. Every nickel counts… but nowhere near as much as the goodwill behind this simple, magnanimous effort. Thank you donors and thank you Archives Next…

  26. My apologies for being late with this, but just wanted to thank everyone who donated, I really appreciate the assistance! As a student and first-time attendee it really helps. I’ll be presenting a poster on Thursday and Friday, so please come by so I can thank you in person for your contribution. Hopefully I’ll be able to return the favor in a few years.

  27. Thank you to Kate and all who donated! As a student and first-time conference attendee this scholarship was a great help. Looking forward to seeing you all in New Orleans!

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