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Library Science Scholarships

The field of library science has a tremendous number of associated organizations. Most of these provide library science scholarships to help minority students, those earning graduate degrees, those dedicated to working with children, and more. If your dream is to work in a library science-related occupation, these scholarships can help you earn your degree for less by providing you with funding to help cover the costs of tuition, books, and other higher education expenses. Here is a sampling of some of the scholarships that may be available to help you:

American Library Association

The American Library Association provides many library science scholarships, each with different awards and requirements. For all the scholarships, students must have applied to a master’s degree program in library science and must be able to show academic excellence, a commitment to library sciences, and leadership abilities. All applications are due March 1 for the following scholarships:

  • Marshall Cavendish Scholarship – This scholarship is for $3,000 and is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who are attending an accredited Master’s program, and who have completed no more than 12 semester hours toward a MLS/MLIS/MIS degree by June 1.
  • David H. Clift Scholarship – This program provides $3,000 to a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada who is attending an ALA accredited master’s program and who has completed 12 or less hours toward a degree.
  • Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship – This $5,000 award is available to U.S. or Canadian permanent residents or citizens who have completed 12 hours or less of an ALA accredited master’s degree program.

Applications and details for all ALA scholarships can be found at www.ala.org.

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

The Alice L. Haltom library science scholarships have the mission of promoting education in records management and information. To be eligible, students must be citizens of the United States or Canada and must be pursuing a degree in information and records management. Awards are between $1,000 and $2,000. To apply, candidates must submit a completed application along with three letters of recommendation and a current transcript by May 1. Applications are available online at www.alhef.org.

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

This program provides four awards of $7,000 each to students who are expected to become members of the Association for Library Service to Children and the American Library Association. Eligible candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada and must have completed 12 hours or less toward a MLS/MLIS degree before June 1 of the award year. Recipients of the awards will be expected to enter employment in library service to children for a minimum of one year after graduation in the United States, Canada, or a library dedicated to dependents of military personnel. Failure to meet this requirement will result in forfeiture of award money. To apply, students must complete the online application and submit three references and official transcripts by March 1. Application forms and other information can be viewed and submitted at www.ala.org.

Century Scholarship

These $2,500 library science scholarships are awarded to applicants who suffer from disabilities, or special needs and who wish to enter the library career field. Applicants must submit an official application along with medical documentation, services and accommodations needed for studies, financial need, and citizenship in the U.S. or Canada. Students who wish to receive these scholarships must apply online at www.ala.org before March 1.

Mary V. Gaver Scholarship

This program provides $3,000 library science scholarships to students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. Students must be enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program and have completed 12 hours or less of the program to be eligible. To apply, candidates must submit a completed application and a personal statement to www.ala.org by March 1. Recipients will be chosen based on the application, personal statement, references, and official bachelor’s degree transcripts.

Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship

These library science scholarships are worth $3,000 toward college expenses. The program is open to support staff currently employed at a library. To be eligible, candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada and must have completed no more than 12 hours toward an ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/MIS degree by June 1. Interested parties may apply online at www.ala.org.

If you are interested in working in a library or other information career, these library science scholarships can provide you with the funds you need to earn your degree and to start working in your dream job.

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