AASL builds dues bridge for student members

For Immediate Release
Wed, 06/03/2015

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CHICAGO – Student members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can now apply for a scholarship to “bridge” the increase between student and regular membership dues. Applications for this competitive program, co-sponsored by the ALA Membership Development Office, are due July 17, 2015, and will cover renewals during the Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016, membership year. Information on how to apply can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/student.

Twenty scholarships will be awarded annually to student members no longer eligible for student dues pricing. The scholarship will bridge the cost difference between student and regular membership dues for three years, allowing recipients to establish themselves both in their career and financially.

“Student members are the future of the profession,” said Terri Grief, AASL president. “AASL wants to welcome them to the association and acknowledge that the financial ‘leap’ in dues rates can be a hardship for them as they strike out in their career. With this scholarship, new professionals can rely on the support from the organization as they establish themselves as indispensable educators.”

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