The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
The selection process is managed by the General Commission on Archives and History in partnership with the Society of American Archivists.
The scholarship is named for Josephine Forman, archivist for eighteen years of the Southwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and author of We Finish to Begin: A History of Travis Park United Methodist Church, 1846–1991. As Conference Archivist, Ms. Forman collecteded records from closed churches along with administrative records for the Conference. For many years she was also the Church Historian at Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio. The local Church Historian is responsible to “keep the historical records up to date” and will “provide an annual report on the care of church records and historical materials” and will “provide, with the pastor . . . for the preservation of all local church records and historical materials no longer in current use.” The position is, in effect, a combination of historian and archivist. Ms. Forman had a vital interest in the history and records of her Conference. She was also committed to training and education for archivists and church historians.
For information about how to apply visit : www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-forman