Student Bridge Scholarship Program

Co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office

apply now buttonMonetary Amount: AASL will cover the cost difference between student membership rates and regular membership rates for three consecutive years



While there is a percentage of AASL student members who decide to go into another specialty, AASL believes that many find the ‘leap’ from student membership dues to regular membership dues a financial hardship. By offering this scholarship program, AASL and ALA will “bridge” this increase in rates in order to give student members the opportunity to establish themselves both in their career and financially.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and within 4 weeks of receiving the application.


  • Must be a current ALA/AASL student member whose membership will expire after September 1 of the current year and before August 31 of the next year.


  • Scholarship recipients will be paired with a mentor and assigned to an AASL committee for each year of the scholarship.

  • Program participants will be selected based on financial need and ability to contribute to the association. While applicants are not required to demonstrate financial need in order to apply, a lack of information will decrease the overall rubric score.

  • Scholarship recipients will be asked to maintain their membership for three years following the scholarship.

  • Recipients will be asked to submit a short annual report/survey to help AASL make necessary changes or improvements to the program.


Allison Cline email icon
Deputy Executive Director