ALSC Scholarship Specifications

The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship provides financial assistance for the professional education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS degree and who plan to work in children's librarianship. This work may be serving children up to and including the age of 14 in any type of library. Two $7,500 scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship is made possible by ALSC through generous contributions from librarians, professional associates, friends, and others in the book world, as tribute to Frederic G. Melcher, a great leader in promoting better books for children.

Congratulations to the 2016 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship recipients!

Amanda Vanessa Lopez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Krystal Renee Smith, Texas Woman's University

The Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

The Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB) Scholarship provides financial assistance in the form of four $7,500 annual awards for the education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. This work may be serving children up to and including the age of 14 in any type library. The Scholarship is made possible by the ALSC through the generous contributions of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Incorporated.

Special thanks goes to the Bound to Stay Bound Books foundation, which has encouraged the professional development of Children's librarians through this scholarship since 1985. The 30th anniversary of the scholarship was in 2015, click here to read the commemorative Children and Libraries article featuring past recipients!

Congratulations to the 2016 BTSB Scholarship recipients!

Luz Maria Flores, University of Maryland
Marissa Guidara, Valdosta State University
Heather Renee Harden, East Carolina University
Amanda Nicole Neace, University of Kentucky

ALSC Spectrum Scholarship

*ALSC acknowledges and thanks Ellen Fader for her generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for a third year.  Her contribution will support a student through the 2016-2017 school term and provide for a follow-up grant for a Spectrum Scholar alumnus entering the final semester of work in the Fall of 2016, including discretionary funds to use towards job interviews. 

In 2010, ALSC expanded its committment to the Spectrum Scholarship Program. ALSC sponsors one Spectrum Scholar each year through the Frederic G. Melcher Endowment. The ALSC Spectrum Scholar is awarded to a Spectrum applicant who expresses an interest in library service to children. Since its founding, Spectrum has provided more than 600 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program.

Congratulations to the 2016 ALSC Spectrum Scholarship recipients!

Yolonda J.D. Green, University of Kentucky*
Allison Canada Rollins, University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign

For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Spectrum Scholarship site.

ALSC Scholarship Specifications

ALA's main Scholarship page with further information and the live application.

ALSC Scholarship Committee procedural manual (MS Word)

ALSC Scholarship committee procedural manual (PDF)

Questions regarding applications may be sent by e-mail to Courtney Jones at

Completed applications are due March 1 of each year.

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