Scholarship opportunities from the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and instructions are available online at http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.

There are many types of scholarships available for the study of librarianship.  These include scholarships for students who are interested in children's librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation.  In addition, there
are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and for people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a masters program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA.

Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Complete guidelines and instructions for the nationally reviewed and recognized NCATE/AASL school librarianship education programs are available on the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) website.

The scholarship process is open annually from September through March.


For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

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