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ALA Scholarship for Library Youth Services

Listed below is a table of the ALA scholarship and eligibility requirements for individuals planning to specialize in the field of library youth services. Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for this scholarship.

Factors considered in making the award include:

  • academic excellence,
  • leadership, and
  • evidence of commitment to a career in youth services librarianship.
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).

This page provides information on the ALA scholarship for library youth services 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 in 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 the ALA Scholarship for Library Youth Services, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1.800.545.2433 ext. 4277 or email

Mary V. Gaver Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student
  • Must specialize in the field of library youth services.
  • 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 to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor who made many contributions in library youth services.