Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured Seneca Jackson

Richland Library Foundation Awards Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship

COLUMBIA, SC Seneca Jackson is the 2015 Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship recipient, receiving the honor during a reception November 12 at Richland Library in downtown Columbia.

Established in 2010, the Richland Library Foundation offers the $2,500 scholarship to encourage and provide financial support to students from underrepresented ethic and racial groups who are working toward the completion of a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina. Enrolled as a graduate student, Jackson expects to finish the program next year – 2016.

While furthering his education, Jackson was also named Cooper-Davis Fellow, which provides him the opportunity to gain practical experience by serving in different departments within Thomas Cooper Library as well as other libraries. Back in May, he presented at the 2015 LIBRIS Conference, a one-day networking event focused on new information that can be incorporated into library setting. In addition, Jackson worked with the South Carolina Library Association as a student volunteer for its conference last month.

The library has been a big part of Jackson’s life, serving as a long-time volunteer at Richland Library St. Andrews before becoming an intern in November 2013. Seneca has spent his time:

  • working as a community organizer for the Affordable Care Act
  • becoming a Certified Application Counselor to support Richland Library’s campaign for a healthier Columbia
  • supporting Community Outreach office for two Richland Library locations
  • maintaining hours at circulation desk

Seneca is a native of South Carolina, spending his childhood right here in the Midlands where he attended Swansea High School. In 2005, Seneca received his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the College of Charleston.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

About Ethel Bolden

Ethel Bolden, consummate advocate and pioneer for library services to African-American children, worked diligently for 40 years in the community to promote reading and establish excellence in library services. She established the first elementary school library at (formerly all-black) Waverly Elementary, served as school librarian at Perry Junior High, worked as the first African-American faculty member and librarian at Dreher High School, and served twice on the Board of Trustees at the Richland Library.

About Richland Library Foundation

The Richland Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, governed by a Board of Trustees, that works to increase financial support for the library to broaden and diversify its ability to serve the citizens of Richland County with unsurpassed excellence.


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