ALA Scholarships for Library Support Staff


Listed below is a table of the ALA scholarships and eligibility requirements for library support staff currently working in a library. Applicants who have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree may apply for these scholarships.

Factors considered in making the 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 (which is part of the online application). PLEASE NOTE: For all scholarships in this category, you only need one (1) personal statement.

This page provides information on ALA scholarships for library support staff only. Many units of ALA also provide scholarships not listed here. View the complete list of scholarships and requirements onĀ  Scholarship comparison guide.

Scholarship applications and all supporting documents must be received by the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st. Please review the application procedures and start collecting supporting materials well before the deadline.

If you have questions or concerns on ALA General Scholarships, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1.800.545.2433 ext. 4277 or email scholarships@ala.org.

Scholarship Programs

NAME

AWARD

REQUIREMENTS

DESCRIPTION

Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship

Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student

  • 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.

Established with a donation from the founder of Quality Books.

Miriam L. Hornback

Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student

  • 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.

Named for a long time ALA staff member (1944-1991) who was secretariat to the ALA Council and Executive Board.

Tony B. Leisner Scholarship

Amount: $3,000
Installments: 2
Check to: Student

  • 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.

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