Monday, December 22, 2008

American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program

The online scholarship application is now available!

The American Library Association, usually known by its acronym ALA, is an institution that a nuclear 64,000 librarians and library associations in the United States. Its mission is to promote the highest quality in information services and libraries, through the public access to information. It's probably one of the most active professional associations and with more partners in the world.

Scholarship money is available for future librarians. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $ 300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library half at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $ 1500 to $ 6500 per student per year. The application and instructions are available online at / scholarships. The application deadline is March 1, 2009.

The following items are required for all scholarship applications. Be sure to check the requirements of the specific scholarship for which you are applying because you may need to mail additional documents.

1. Required. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
2. Required. Completed references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). A total of three references must be submitted. You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
3. Required. Official academic transcripts from institutions where you received your bachelors degree. Thesecan be submitted directly from the institution, or mailed in the unopened envelope as received from the degree-granting institutions along with any other materials you may need to submit. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st to be considered. The mailing address is: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Note: The completion of the application is the responsibility of the applicant.

Three major factors are considered in awarding these scholarships:
a) academic excellence;
b) leadership; and
c) evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4279 or

Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st. All other applicants will be notified by mail after July 1st.

PLEASE NOTE: The scholarship application and the reference forms are both online submissions. The scholarship application and reference forms will be available until March 1, 2009.

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