Scholarships & Fellowships

Melcher Scholarship | Bound to Stay Bound Scholarship | Spectrum Scholarship | ALSC Equity Fellowship

ALSC Scholarship Specifications

The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship 

The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship provides financial assistance for the professional education of those 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 scholarships are awarded annually. Effective with the 2019-2020 award year, the scholarship amount is $8,000 per scholarship. 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, who was a leader in promoting better books for children.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship recipients!

Rosa Flores, San Jose State University 
Alondra Gaddis, 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 $8,000 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 go 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 2019-2020 BTSB Scholarship recipients!

Henry Christopher, University of Washington
Anna Elizabeth Mitchell, University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Marcella Ovalle, University of North Texas
Gina Samaniego, University at Albany

ALSC Spectrum Scholarship 

*ALSC acknowledges and thanks Ellen Fader for her generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for the seventh consecutive year.  Her contribution will support a student through the 2020-2021 school term. 

In 2010, ALSC expanded its commitment to the Spectrum Scholarship Program. As of 2018, ALSC sponsors two Spectrum Scholars 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 2019-2020 ALSC Spectrum Scholarship recipients!

Amy Bartko (in honor of Ellen Fader), Kent State University
Catherine de la Cruz, SUNY Albany
Constanza Serna, University of Texas at Austin

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

ALSC Equity Fellowship 

Through the ALSC Equity Fellowship program, ALSC affirms its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by engaging new generations of racially and ethnically diverse library professionals.

Five ALSC fellowships were awarded to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander individuals who commit to service within ALSC and demonstrate a capacity for future leadership. Fellowship recipients received funding for two-year ALSC and ALA memberships and one year of conference registrations and travel stipends for ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference. Fellowship recipients have also received mentorship from members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC task force. In June 2019 the ALSC Board approved the extension of the fellowship for the pilot group to allow for a second year of conference attendance.

ALSC would also like to thank ALSC Board Member, Amy Koester, for her contribution to the Equity Fellowship program to support at sixth fellowship for the pilot fellowship program. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Equity Fellowship recipients!

Eiyana Favers, Enoch Pratt Free Library
Ayn Reyes Frazee, Portland Public Schools
Evelyn Keolian, Chicago Public Library
Shahrazad Khan, Driftwood Public Library
Sierra McKenzie, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Jocelyn Moore, St. Louis County Library

More information will follow on upcoming ALSC Equity Fellowship opportunities.

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 Elizabeth Serrano at

Completed applications are due March 1 of each year.

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