Julia J. Brody Public Librarian Scholarship

About the Julia J. Brody Public Librarian Scholarship An annual scholarship consisting of $4,000 to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS specializing public library services in an ALA-accredited program.

This scholarship was made as a bequest from the estate of Julia Jussim Brody who began her distinguished career at the New York Public Library as a children’s librarian and, even while being an administrator, always retained her joy in children’s books and her concern with encouraging young readers.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual scholarship of $4,000.

This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • 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.

Applicant Responsibility

Attend ALA accredited Master's Program and commitment to public librarianship.

Application Instructions

Apply online at: www.ala.org/scholarships.

Contact Information

Kimberly L. Redd (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2025) - klredd@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-4279
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

 The following items are required for all scholarship applications. Be sure to check the requirements of the specific scholarship for which you are applying because you may need to mail additional documents.

  1. Required. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  2. Required. Completed references (only references on the official online form will be accepted).  A total of three references must be submitted. You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  3. Required. Official academic transcripts from institutions where you received your bachelors degree. These can be submitted directly from the institution, or mailed in the unopened envelope as received from the degree-granting institutions along with any other materials you may need to submit. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. All items must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st to be considered.  The mailing address is: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 225 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601. 


Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st.   All other applicants will be notified by e-mail after July 1st.