NLLD Scholarship Opportunities

ALA and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) are seeking applications for the 2020 WHCLIST Award.

The WHCLIST Scholarship is granted to one non-librarian National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) participant. The awardee will receive a $300 stipend and two complimentary nights at the Georgetown University Convention Center.


Applicants should be a first-time attendee of NLLD and a library supporter (trustee, friend, general supporter), not a professional librarian.


To apply for the WHCLIST Award, first register for NLLD 2020. Then fill out the below form or submit the following materials by email to with the subject line: "WHCLIST Application"

  • NLLD 2020 registration confirmation number
  • Short essay (300 words) detailing how the award will support your growth and development as a library advocate
  • Letter of reference from a library director, school librarian, library board chair, Friends group chair, or other library representative


All applications are due on January 15, 2020.

2018 WHCLIST Winner Testimonial

(Left to right) Yolanda Peña Mendrek, winner of the 2018 WHCLIST Award, with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) and her congressional staffer.

"I registered to attend NLLD for the first time because I wanted to tell our representatives why we needed their support in passing legislation that will fund libraries across the USA. I was thrilled and honored to be recognized, in front of other advocates and peers, during the NLLD reception in the Hart Senate building. Attending NLLD for the first time was an exciting, as well as a rewarding experience." — Yolanda Peña Mendrek

Note: Applicants must register for NLLD and pay all associated costs. Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. The awardee will be reimbursed for two nights in the NLLD hotel in D.C and receive a $300 stipend to defray the costs of attending.


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