Or, Spontaneous Scholarships III (insert Rocky III “Eye of the Tiger” music here). Here’s the drill, which is essentially the same as it was for the past two years.
What is this about?
We’re giving money to people to fund their registration for the SAA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Rather than pay for travel or lodging for a few people, I’m trying to give a little bit of help to as many people as possible. This is not affiliated with SAA in any way. Your donations are not tax deductible. It’s simple. You send me money. I give it all away within a few weeks to colleagues who need it. In 2011 this campaign ran for two weeks and 94 generous people gave scholarships to 26 happy people. In 2012, over four weeks we had 103 donors fund 34 people. This year I hope we can continue to have those numbers climb.
How you can help
If you want to give, you have several options, outlined below. My preference is for checks because that means PayPal transaction fees aren’t deducted from your donation, but I know it’s easier to click and donate while you’re thinking of it, so by all means, click and donate if that’s easier for you. Here are your options:
- Pay by check– email me (info [@] archivesnext.com or my regular email if you have it) or leave a comment (for which you must supply an email). I will reply with a mailing address. Or if you are an SAA member, you can look up my address in the member directory.
- Pay via PayPal–click on the “Donate” button at top right of the sidebar.
- Pay via credit card–send me an email and I’ll send you an invoice using PayPal.
Give as much as you feel you can. Every little bit helps. Don’t feel like whatever you can afford to give isn’t enough. But if you’re fortunate enough to be in a comfortable position, please give generously.
How to put your name in the hat for scholarship
If you need help funding your SAA Annual Meeting registration, please send a message to info [@] archivesnext.com providing your name, and whether you are a student or regular SAA member (note you must be an SAA member to be eligible). Please do so by midnight on Saturday, June 29. On Sunday, June 30 I will draw names out of a hat and notify the lucky people. This will allow you to register by the early-bird deadline of July 5. Once you forward me the confirmation of your registration, I will send you a check.
(One note based on last year’s experience. Last year there were a surprisingly large number of people whose names got pulled from the hat who backed out because they hadn’t realized how high the other costs of attending the meeting would be. Which was fine in the long run. I just gave the money away to people on the waiting list, but it caused quite a hassle for me. So I understand that things happen and your plans could change, but please do a bit of homework first and make sure you think you really can attend the conference before you apply.)
That said, all you need to do to apply is email me with the information listed about. That’s it. It’s on the honor system. Don’t ask unless you need, but if you need, ask. This isn’t just for students and new archivists, it’s for everybody.
Which is why I’m asking you now to give, if you can. And why I’ll keep asking until June 29. Please share this through your own networks. (Goodness knows I will!) And if you need some help, throw your name into the virtual hat!