Richland Library Foundation Awards Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship


The Richland Library Foundation is pleased to announce that Tamara King has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship during a presentation and ceremony on October 17 at Richland Library in downtown Columbia, SC.

"Ethel Bolden was a consummate advocate and pioneer for library services to African-American children," said Richland Library Foundation Chair Lee Rambo. "She worked diligently for 40 years to promote reading and establish excellence in library services. Tamara's dedication and enthusiasm are a natural continuation of Mrs. Bolden's efforts to make our community a learning center."

King has more than a decade of experience in broadcast journalism and public relations. While pursuing her lifelong dream to obtain a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, she started a successful adult literacy initiative at St. Lawrence Place that is designed to help families in crisis. Upon graduation, she hopes to focus on roles in library management, diversity outreach, and program development.

"When I learned Tamara was interested in pursuing a MLIS, I whole heartedly encouraged her as her energy, commitment to service, and skill set is exactly what we need in our profession," said Denise Lyons, Director of Library Development for the South Carolina State Library. "She has a sincere way of connecting to people no matter the circumstances."

The Richland Library Foundation established the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship in 2010 in honor and recognition of Mrs. Ethel Bolden's years of service to the Richland County community and its libraries.

The $2,500 scholarship seeks to encourage and provide financial support to students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups who are working toward the completion of a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina.

For more information, please contact Laura Bliss Morris, Richland Library Communications Coordinator at 803.231.6378 or