ALA

ALA General Scholarships

Listed below is a table of the ALA general scholarships and eligibility requirements. Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

Factors considered in making the awards include:

Achievement in these areas may best be demonstrated by statements indicating the nature of library and other experience, by professional references, and by the personal statement (which is part of the online application). PLEASE NOTE: For all scholarships in this category, you only need one (1) personal statement.

This page provides information on ALA general scholarships only. Many units of ALA also provide scholarships not listed here. View the complete list of scholarships on the ALA Scholarship Page.

Scholarship applications and all supporting documents must be received by the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st. Please review the application procedures and start collecting supporting materials well before the deadline.

If you have questions or concerns on ALA General Scholarships, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1.800.545.2433 ext. 4277 or email scholarships@ala.org.

 



NAME AWARD REQUIREMENTS DESCRIPTION
Marshall Cavendish Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student
  • U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.
  • No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded.
  • Personal Statement.
Established with donations from the Marshall Cavendish Corporation, Tarrytown, N.Y., publishers of illustrated reference books for libraries.
David H. Clift Scholarship Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student
  • U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.
  • No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded.
  • Personal Statement.
Named for a former director of the American Library Association.
Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship Amount: $5,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student
  • U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.
  • No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded.
  • Personal Statement.
Named for a long time ALA staff member, who was director of the ALA Conference Services Office for over 20 years. This was established with donations from Christopher J. Hoy and the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) to honor his memory.