Scholarships

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 2018-2019 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship recipients!

Pa Ja Yang, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Beimnet Baissa, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
 

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 2018-2019 BTSB Scholarship recipients!

Emily Zorea, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
Lisa Gonzalez, University of North Texas
Chelsea Tarwater, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Stephanie Luyt, Wayne State University
 
 

ALSC Spectrum Scholarship

*ALSC acknowledges and thanks Ellen Fader for her generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for the fifth year.  Her contribution will support a student through the 2018-2019 school term and provide for a follow-up grant for a Spectrum Scholar alumnus entering the final semester of work in the Fall of 2018, including discretionary funds to use towards job interviews. 

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!

Amanda V. Lopez, University of Kentucky
Patricia Shimano Lyons (in honor of Ellen Fader), University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Jena Razor, Wayne State University

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 cjones@ala.org

Completed applications are due March 1 of each year.

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