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Jill and Joseph McKinstry Libraries Endowed Fellowship

The University Libraries offer a unique fellowship to MLIS students at the iSchool that combines a scholarship with a paid work experience in the University Libraries system. The successful fellow receives a scholarship and an assignment in a University Libraries unit(s) based on the recipient's interests.

This scholarship and job experience is designed to encourage and support underrepresented students from Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Asian American and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander heritages who wish to pursue a career in academic librarianship.

The recipient of the scholarship may use the funds for tuition and fees related to their education.

The award recipient will also be hired to work in the UW Libraries and thus will receive employment compensation over and above the scholarship. In order for the scholarship support to continue each quarter, the recipient must continue to be employed by the University Libraries and be enrolled in the I-School.

The donors of this scholarship, Jill and Joe McKinstry, believe that a diverse learning environment enhances the education of all students and that a UW learning experience should be available to all members of our community. For these reasons, the donors have a strong interest in providing financial assistance to students from ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in the library professions. Given this interest, the donors recognize that this scholarship will help support the University of Washington's commitment to a diverse student population.

The 2020 McKinstry Fellow

Taylor HealeyBrooks

Taylor Healey-Brooks first became interested in UW while working as a library assistant in user services and technology support at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She followed the work of Twanna Hodge (2013-15 McKinstry Fellow), connected with her when Taylor began to seriously consider graduate school, and the rest is history. Taylor is now a second-year residential MILS graduate student at UW and a Research and Learning Specialist at Odegaard Undergraduate Library. As a first-generation college student herself, a driving force for working in academic libraries has been helping other first-gen students navigate the labyrinth of higher education.

Taylor has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs. Her non-library interests include coffee, nature walks, true-crime documentaries, and befriending all the dogs!