Simmons Establishes New Scholarship

November 09, 2015

Lee and Low Scholarship Fund

Simmons College and Lee & Low Books Partner to Establish New Scholarship.

On November 1, 2015, the Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature at Simmons College and publisher Lee & Low Books established a scholarship fund that aims to provide students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to enroll in the most prestigious children’s literature graduate programs in the United States.

The Lee & Low and Friends Scholarship is sponsored by two organizations that are dedicated to academic diversity and children’s literature. Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country and a leader in the movement for more diversity in the publishing industry. The graduate programs in children’s literature at Simmons College are dedicated to bringing a wide range of voices into books for children and young adults, and to providing students access to careers that diversify the field of children’s literature. 

“Lee & Low is excited to be partnering with Simmons College to provide a meaningful way to address one of the most challenging obstacles in bringing more equity to publishing: the pipeline problem,” said Jason Low, publisher of Lee & Low Books.

Many who wish to work in publishing are barred from opportunities due to unpaid internships, expensive graduate programs, and low entry-level salaries. The Lee & Low and Friendship Scholarship will support students for whom the traditional entrances to publishing remain closed, thus allowing them to influence the way children’s literature is produced.

The scholarship fund was created through gifts from Lee & Low Books as well as Simmons College alumnae/i. “Children’s Literature at Simmons welcomes this collaboration with Lee & Low as we team up to create venues of access that lead to lasting change,” said Cathryn M. Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons. The first recipients of this scholarship will be chosen for the fall 2016 semester.

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