MISSION AND GOALS
The primary purpose of the Education Committee is to facilitate, sponsor, and promote year-round educational offerings to archivists in the MARAC region. The Committee shall develop, coordinate, and oversee non-conference workshop offerings. Pre-conference workshops are developed by the Workshop Coordinators on the Meetings Coordinating Committee. The Education Committee administers several scholarship programs for members as well as reviews educational materials for MARAC and advises the Steering Committee on such material.
The Education Committee consists of up to nine (9) members appointed by the MARAC Chair. The committee members should have experience with archival education, broadly defined, and should reflect the diversity of the MARAC membership. Committee members shall serve two-year staggered terms and may be reappointed.
The Education Committee shall keep minutes of all meetings and shall submit a written report of its activities and recommendations to the Steering Committee twice a year at least one month before the biannual meeting.
Since 2010, MARAC offers 4-6 full-day workshops at locations throughout the MARAC region. Committee members or other MARAC members can suggest or propose a speaker and/or topic. The Education Committee then finds a suitable location. Currently there is no system in place for coordination between MCC and the Education Committee and should be addressed. Should the conference workshop coordinators be officially appointed to the Education Committee so that conference and off-conference workshops are better coordinated?
The Education Committee administers several scholarship programs for members:
- Marsha Trimble MARAC Meeting Scholarship (2)
- MARAC Meeting Travel Assistance Award (4)
- Leonard Rapport Modern Archives Institute (MAI) Scholarship (2)
Travel scholarships are given to those based on need, with preference going to graduate students or new professionals. The MAI scholarship winners are those new to the profession or those with responsibility for managing archival collections but lack specific graduate school training.
All scholarship applications should be sent by email to the current chair of the MARAC Education Committee by the deadlines listed on the MARAC website. Scholarships are publicized through emails to the MARAC membership and on relevant listservs.
Recipients of scholarships will pay their initial expenses out-of-pocket, including the MARAC conference registration (MARAC will pay for the MAI registration fee). At the conclusion of the conference, recipients should submit receipts to the MARAC Treasurer up to the amount of their scholarship award (or slightly exceeding). The Treasurer will then send a check for the scholarship amount to the recipient.
MARAC Meeting & Travel Assistance Scholarships
MARAC offers one (1) scholarship of $400.00 for attendance at each of its semi-annual meetings. This scholarship is designated the Marsha Trimble MARAC Meeting Scholarship in recognition of Ms. Trimble’s many years of service to MARAC, both as volunteer administrator, as MARAC Vice Chair, and Chair of the Meetings Coordinating Committee. MARAC also offers two (2) travel assistance award of up to $250.00 for attendance at each of its semi-annual meetings.
Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, conference meals, and travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.
QUALIFICATIONS: For this scholarship an individual must currently:
- Be employed in the MARAC region in an archival or archives-related position, OR
- Be enrolled as a graduate student in a program that includes courses in archival administration.
TO APPLY: Submit a current resume, a cover letter including a statement of the expected benefits of attending the MARAC meeting, and a letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant's work or educational program.
DEADLINES: For the spring conference scholarship, the deadline for receipt of applications is March 15; for the fall conference scholarship, the deadline is September 10.
Modern Archives Institute (MAI) Scholarship
MARAC provides scholarship funds for one individual to attend each Modern Archives Institute (MAI). The scholarship award covers the tuition, and up to $750 in travel expenses with demonstration of need, a submitted budget, and receipts.
This scholarship is established in honor of MARAC member Leonard Rapport and is known as the Leonard Rapport Modern Archives Institute Scholarship.
QUALIFICATIONS: For this scholarship, an individual must currently be employed in the MARAC region in an archival or archives-related position.
APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a resume; a cover letter including a statement of the expected benefits of attending the Institute; and two letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the applicant's work and qualifications.
DEADLINES: Applications for the winter Institute scholarship should be received no later than November 1; the recipient will be notified by December 15. Applications for the summer Institute scholarship should be received no later than March 1; the recipient will be notified by April 15.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Individuals accepting the MAI scholarship agree to write a report on the experience for possible publication in the Mid-Atlantic Archivist.
For further information about the Modern Archives Institute, including dates, see http://www.archives.gov/preservation/modern-archives-institute/. Please note that, though the Institute fills months in advance, a space is reserved for the MARAC scholarship winner.