Tony B. Leisner Scholarship

About the Tony B. Leisner Scholarship
An annual scholarship consisting of $3,000 to a library support-staff member who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program.

Established with a donation from an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual scholarship of $3,000.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Open to library support staff currently working in a library.
  • U.S. or Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.
  • No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded.
  • Personal Statement.

Applicant Responsibility

Attend ALA accredited Master's Program.

Application Instructions

Apply online at

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

The following items are required for all scholarship applications. Be sure to check the requirements of the specific scholarship for which you are applying because you may need to mail additional documents.

  1. Required. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  2. Required. Completed references (only references on the official online form will be accepted).  A total of three references must be submitted. You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  3. Required. Official academic transcripts from institutions where you received your bachelors degree. These can be submitted directly from the institution, or mailed in the unopened envelope as received from the degree-granting institutions along with any other materials you may need to submit. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st to be considered.  The mailing address is: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.


Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st.   All other applicants will be notified by e-mail after July 1st.