ALA Scholarship Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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I am not a resident of the United States or Canada, does the ALA provide any scholarships for non-U.S./Canadian citizens or permanent residents?
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Yes. There are two scholarships that have no residency restrictions. These include: the  AASL School Librarian’s Workshop Scholarship and the  LITA Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship. Click on the name for more information.

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I am looking to obtain an undergraduate degree in library and information studies, does the ALA provide any scholarships toward undergraduate work?
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No. At this time, the American Library Association does not offer any scholarships for undergraduate work and there is no agency that accredits undergraduate or associates programs in library and information studies. As you continue on in your studies be sure to review the  ALA scholarship page in case this changes.

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I have completed more than 12 semester hours toward my MLS/MLIS/MIS, am I eligible for any ALA Scholarships?
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Yes. You are eligible for the following scholarships: the  AASL School Librarian’s Workshop Scholarship and the  ASCLA Century Scholarship. Click on the name for more information.

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I am working toward my Ph.D. in library and information studies, am I eligible for any ALA scholarships?
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Yes. The  ASCLA Century Scholarship can be used toward a Ph.D. or Master’s program,  for students from underrepresented groups beginning their programs at participating schools. Click on the name for information.

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What types of degreed programs do I have to attend in order to be eligible for an ALA Scholarship?
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You must attend either an  ALA-accredited MLIS program, or a  Nationally Recognized NCATE-AASL Reviewed & Approved School Library Media Education Program. The specific program you choose will depend on your area of interest. The NCATE-approved program is generally for people interested in school library media programs. The ALA-accredited programs are generally for all other areas of librarianship. See the  comparison list of requirements to determine which you should attend.

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Do I need to submit a personal statement? If so, what should be included in it?
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Yes. Applicant should include a personal statement as part of the  on-line application. It should consist of not more than 300 words and describe your interest and any work in your proposed field of study, including non-course educational experience, volunteer work, teaching or other relevant employment and publications. You should also indicate what specific competencies or characteristics you believe you have to offer the field of librarianship, what you can bring to the profession, and in particular what you have done which indicates your potential for leadership. Describe your career interests and goals and your commitment to library and information service.

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Do I need to submit any references?
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Yes. Three professional references are required. Once you begin the application process, you will be asked to provide the name and email addresses of three (3) professional references.  These should be people (excluding family members) who are well acquainted with your educational background, intellectual abilities, professional experience, and personal character.  Each person listed will receive an email message with instructions for completing the online reference form.  An application will not be considered complete unless all three references are  submitted by March 1st.


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Do I need to submit any transcripts?
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Yes. An official transcript is required from bachelors degree-granting institution.  The college transcript should be submitted only once regardless of the number of scholarships you apply for. Transcripts for master's level work are required but may be submittted for consideration. All transcripts must be received by March 1st. They should be placed in sealed envelopes and mailed in one package with other materials to the following address: The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.