The ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Committee shall make recommendations to the Executive Board and the ALA Council on all policies relating to ALA scholarships, study grants, conference sponsorships or research grants to be made or sponsored by ALA and its units. It shall administer the general scholarships, study grants, conference sponsorships, and research grants presented in the name of the American Library Association, known as “ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants.” All ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants shall exist to advance study or knowledge in library science. The Committee shall review periodically the appropriateness of existing ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants; shall recommend modification, elimination, or suspension of existing ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants, as needed; and shall make recommendations with respect to proposed new ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants. The Committee shall appoint juries to select recipients of ALA General Scholarships and Study Grants (i.e., scholarships and study grants not administered by a unit of the Association), with the exception of Spectrum juries, and shall coordinate the work of these juries and committees. The committee will work with other units of the Association to coordinate tracking, statistics, and other information about all scholarships and study grants sponsored by ALA and its units.
The Scholarships and Study Grants Committee shall be responsible for maintaining the ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Manual, which includes information for all scholarships and study grants presented by ALA or any of its units; it shall also provide general guidance regarding the procedural aspects of the Scholarships and Study Grants Program (such as information concerning deadline dates and publicity releases).
Each unit of ALA shall determine, within general ALA policies, new scholarships and study grants relating to its specific area of responsibility, known as "ALA Unit Scholarships and Study Grants." Each unit shall review periodically the appropriateness of its existing scholarships and study grants; and shall, as needed, modify, eliminate, or suspend its existing scholarship and study grant(s) and shall handle all details and expenses with respect to its scholarship and study grant(s).
Each unit will submit its proposals for new scholarships and study grants or changes to existing ones as prescribed in the ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Manual to the ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Committee at a regular meeting of the committee at least six months prior to the anticipated date of advertisement. The Scholarships and Study Grants Committee will review and provide assistance to the unit on questions of procedure and coordination with other ALA units. All new scholarships and study grants must be reported prior to the implementation date to the Scholarships and Study Grants Committee, Executive Board, and Council.
Each unit is also responsible for submitting complete records as prescribed In the ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Manual concerning its award(s) to the Scholarships and Study Grants Committee in order that the ALA Scholarships And Study Grants Manual may be maintained.
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The Scholarships & Study Grants Committee (SSGC) consists of seven members appointed from the membership at large serving two year staggered terms and led by chair, serving a one year term.
Statement of Confidentially and Closed Meetings
Please be advised that deliberations and meetings of the committee are “closed” due to the nature of its work in discussing matters of privacy of individuals and/or institutions.