Film / Media

The following scholarship available through the ALA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons that indicate an interest as a media librarian in an academic institution.

The Kino Lorber EDU/Video Round Table Annual Scholarship  scholarship is to be given once a year to a masters' degree candidate in Library Science in an ALA Accredited masters' program who intends to work professionally as a media librarian in an academic institution. The purpose is to provide future media librarians, financial assistance, encouragement, and a fuller understanding of the distribution industry.

What does the award consist of?

The award will be made in two parts:

  •  A $1,000.00 check will be presented to the recipient at the VRT mixer (at the ALA Annual Conference), or mailed to the recipient if they’re not present at that event.
  •  The recipient will receive a paid trip to New York City for two days, in connection with a film festival in that city and to visit the offices of Kino Lorber to become introduced to the staff and to receive a day of information about film distribution. Kino Lorber, Inc., will provide travel expenses up to $1,000.00. Coordination of travel arrangements and travel reimbursements will be made between Kino Lorber EDU and the scholarship recipient.

Who qualifies for the Kino Lorber EDU/VRT Scholarship?

Future media librarians with a demonstrated interest in film history, film production, film distribution, or other significant aspect of the film industry through active participation in film programs, film festivals, film societies or the business of film. Candidates who have prior degrees in Film Studies will be given priority.  Candidates must demonstrate superior scholarship in this field of study, and completion of one academic year as a masters' degree candidate an ALA accredited masters' program at the time the award is given.

Factors considered in making these awards include:

  • academic excellence;
  • leadership; and
  • evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship.

Achievement in these areas may best be demonstrated by statements indicating the nature of library and other experience, by professional references, and by the personal statement included in the online application.

ALA also has general scholarships, scholarships for library support staff, and scholarships for underrepresented groups. All ALA Scholarships can be applied for through the ALA Scholarship Program.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4279  or