OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

About the OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology
The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate potential in and have a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of $3,000.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic).
  • The recipient must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
  • Candidates must not have earned more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA Accredited MLS program.

Applicant Responsibility

Must continue to attend an ALA-accredited program.

Application Instructions

Application forms and instructions are available at ALA/Divisions Scholarship Program . All applications, references, and transcripts and other documents must be received no later than March 1st, for that year's scholarship.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for this scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of library experience, by letters of reference, and by the personal statement of the applicant's view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences which indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to library automation. Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.


Committee sends a letter via email or by phone in the spring, usually around May.