Valerie Rowe-Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Organized by: Edward and Eugene Jackson
A college scholarship fund will be established in the memory of Valerie Rowe-Jackson for students planning to major in library sciences and/or related fields.
Instilled in her by her mother at an early age, Valerie’s passion for reading and sharing good books with others—especially children—blossomed into a 35-year career as a librarian.
During her 13 years at Richland Library, she quickly became a friend, advisor, confidant, cheerleader and colleague. She was a true champion of the community she loved and served.
Her career also included 20 years with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in Georgia.
Valerie had been an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) since 1984. A member of the Public Library Association (PLA), she served on the Public Library Systems Committee and as chair of the PLA Gordon M. Conable Award Jury. She was also a member of the Black Caucus of ALA and a member of LAMA and ALSC. A member of South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) and the National Advisory Council for the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at USC, she also served as a member of the Diversity Team, a committee that mentors and recruits minority students for the SLIS.
Ms. Rowe-Jackson received a Living Legacy Award in 2006; an Outstanding Leadership Award from Benedict College in 2008 and the John N. Olsgaard Distinguished Service Award from the USC School of Library and Information Sciences.
Outside of the library, she was a longtime member of Turner Memorial AME Church. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Growing Home Southeast, where she worked to enable at-risk children, youth and families to realize their potential and contribute to their community.
A graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School, she earned a B.A from the University of South Carolina in History Education and a Master’s Degree from USC’s School of Library and Information Sciences.