Diggs grateful for financial support from iSchool

Perry Diggs

As Perry Diggs pondered the next step in his academic journey, he asked some of his former professors for advice. Recognizing his love of research and archiving, they encouraged Diggs to consider a degree in library and information science. Now enrolled in the MS/LIS online (Leep) program, Diggs is grateful for their counsel as well as for the support he has received through the iSchool's George S. Bonn Scholarship. 

"I feel honored to have received this money because sometimes balancing my academic goals with the financial practicality can be hard. The scholarship has been a major benefit to helping me continue my studies," he said.

Diggs earned his bachelor's degree in African American studies from Chicago State University. After completing his MS/LIS, he would like to work at a museum or research library. In the future, Diggs hopes to earn a doctorate in history and become a professor like his scholarship's namesake, George Bonn, who served as a professor of library science in the 1970s.

"While I have learned some really great things about archives, I have to say that I have also been really impressed with how my eyes have been opened to a host of other topics, such as diversity," he said.

A music lover and history buff (especially African American history), Diggs has been a vinyl collector for about 25 years. He admits to being a sucker for vintage equipment as well. For someone interested in archiving, it’s the perfect combination.

"I want to thank all of the donors for their support. I don't know if they really realize how significant their benevolence is for students who are trying to reach their goals. It inspires me to do my best and to make sure I pay it forward whenever I can," said Diggs.

For more information on making a gift to the iSchool, visit the School's online giving page or contact Eileen Prillaman, assistant dean for advancement, at prillamn@illinois.edu or (217) 333-7344.

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