Donna Hoke Scholarship

DEADLINE: Applications Accepted Through Friday, May 26, 2017.

The Donna Hoke Scholarship was established by the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus Inc. to encourage students of African descent to enter the field of librarianship. The fund was named in honor of a young librarian who was an active member of the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus Inc. and other professional and civic organizations. Donna Hoke was deeply concerned about the issues confronting minority communities and was committed to bringing about positive change.
Ms. Hoke began as a page in the Queens Borough Public Library, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois. Because of her interest in children, she became a specialist in children’s services. At the early age of thirty, Donna Hoke succumbed to Hodgkin’s disease.

Application Form
Letter of Recommendation Form


  1. Applicant must have completed at least 6 credits of an ALA-accredited MLS program before applying.
  2. The applicant must be a New York State resident.
  3. The applicant must be a NYBLC member.
  4. Officers of the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus Inc. are not eligible.
  5. Former applicants must submit an updated application.


The scholarship will recognize a student of African American or African descent, currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program; and who has shown both an acquired proficiency in, and a strong commitment to the field of librarianship. Documentation in the form of an official transcript(s) and letters of recommendation will be requested.

Criteria to Judge Recipient:

  1. Appropriate official transcripts of completed courses in an ALA-accredited MLS program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation which support both the applicants’ competency and commitment to librarianship. Please have the recommender indicate their association with applicant.
  3. An interview with the scholarship committee; in-person or via conference call. Interviews will be scheduled in mid-July.

Essay Guidelines:

  1. Submission of a 500-750 word, typed essay about your aspirations in librarianship, including the following:
  2. Personal philosophy of the field of librarianship.
  3. Knowledge of the field of librarianship.
  4. Future goals in the field of librarianship.
  5. Specific involvement in organizations, library related conferences and/or publications, if any.


  1. Up to two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded during the fall semester.
  2. Applicants who do not receive the Donna Hoke Scholarship may be eligible to receive a NYBLC Book Award.

Expectations of Scholarship Winners:

Winners of the Donna Hoke Scholarship must be willing to attend at least three (3) NYBLC meetings and/or join a NYBLC committee within one year of receiving the award.

Disbursement of Scholarship Awards:

  1. Scholarship winners will be eligible to receive 50 % of the award upon being selected. Scholarships are generally awarded at a NYBLC meeting or annual event. The remaining portion will be disbursed upon fulfillment of the obligations described in the aforementioned “Expectations of Scholarship Winners”.
  2. Scholarship winner(s) must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program or show proof of graduation from an ALA-accredited MLS program to receive the balance of the award.

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Past Recipients

Annelisa Purdie

Jhenelle Robinson

Kim McNeil Capers

Moddie V. Breland Jr.
Rhonda B. Evans

Cheryl Branch, MD.

Joyce LeeAnn
Cynthia Lovett

Megan Goins
Denise Mclver
Dana Reed- Spoon

Orisanmi Burton
Benita McCray
Shana Hitt
Shakema Miller Cyrus

Roslyn Claytor
Edwin Maxwell*
Shawnta Smith

Kimberly Reid
Lassana Magassa

Evelyn Muriel-Cooper
Margaret J. Gibson

Aneisa Joyce

Kerwin Pilgrim
Dale Sims

Sabrina Dixon
Christine Newman
Tonijala Penn

Troy Bent
Anisha Huffman
Katherine Lillian Rodriquez  

Tamara Jeanne Stewart
Medaline Philbert

Vicky Hall
Andrew Jackson

Linda Dunmore
Phyllis Hodges

Deborah De Castro
Negla Ross-Parris

Madeline Ford
Horace H. Harrison

Lorna Rudder
Patricia Tooney

Annette Bacchus