Katharine L. Sharp Scholarships support deserving students

James and Lionelle Elsesser
James and Lionelle Elsesser

Thanks to the generosity of Lionelle (BA, LAS '66, MS/LIS '67) and James (BS, Business '66; MS, Business '67) Elsesser, four MS/LIS students received Katharine L. Sharp Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. These scholarships are awarded to applicants and/or current students who show extraordinary potential for leadership in the profession and society.

"I'd like to thank Lionelle and James for their longstanding commitment to the iSchool," said Dean and Professor Eunice E. Santos. "Their contributions through the years have benefited bright and talented students and enhanced the quality of our academic programs. In doing so, they have advanced the field of information sciences."

Katharine L. Sharp Scholars:

  • Sheridan Cazarez (BA, Spanish, California State University Long Beach) is interested in public librarianship and would like to make libraries more accessible and relevant to Latinxs and Spanish speakers.
  • Erika Mei Chua Holum (BA, history and political science, Eureka College; MA, museum and exhibition studies, University of Illinois Chicago) is interested in a career working in archives, collections, and museums, with a particular focus on special collections.
  • Eden Irwin (BA, history, University of Chicago) would like to work in archives, where she can make the past accessible to future generations.
  • Xochitl M. Quiroz (BA, English literature, Macalester College) is most interested in working in reference and possibly as a subject specialist, but she is open to other paths within academic librarianship as well. 
Sheridan Cazarez, Erika Mei Chua Holum, Eden Irwin, and Xochitl M. Quiroz