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 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 2018-2019 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship recipients!
Beimnet Baissa, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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 2018-2019 BTSB Scholarship recipients!
Lisa Gonzalez, University of North Texas
Chelsea Tarwater, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Stephanie Luyt, Wayne State University
*ALSC acknowledges and thanks Ellen Fader for her generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for the sixth year. Her contribution will support a student through the 2019-2020 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 2018-2019 ALSC Spectrum Scholarship recipients!
For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Spectrum Scholarship site.
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 will be 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 will receive funding for two-year ALSC and ALA memberships and one year of conference registrations and travel stipends for ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual. Fellowship recipients will also receive mentorship from members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC task force. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC fask force will review applications and select recipients.
ALA's main Scholarship page with further information and the live application.
Questions regarding applications may be sent by e-mail to Courtney Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed applications are due March 1 of each year.