ALSC Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$7,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

March 1

Sunday
Awarded By:

American Library Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Four awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must plan to work in a library in an area of service to children.
  3. Must have applied to an eligible ALA-accredited library school and be accepted by June of the award year. A listing of eligible schools is available at www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory/ .
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or a Canadian citizen.
  5. Must be pursuing a master's degree in library and information studies. Students may not have earned more than 12 hours toward the degree prior to June 1 of the year of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: U.S. and Canadian citizens who are pursuing master's degrees in library and information studies at ALA-accredited library schools are eligible for this award; students may not have completed more than 12 hours toward the degree at time of application. Applicants must plan to work in a library in an area of service to children.

Application requirements for the ALSC Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • References (3)
Additional Information: This scholarship is made possible by the Association for Library Service to Children funded by Bound-to-Stay Bound Books, Inc. Three major factors are considered in awarding these scholarships: academic excellence; leadership; and a desire to work with children in any type of library. The recipients will be expected to accept positions after graduation in the field of library service to children for at least one year. These positions shall be in the United States or Canada, or in a library provided for dependents of military personnel of the United States or Canada. Within a year of graduation, each recipient is expected to submit to the Association for Library Service to Children a letter from an institution's director or personnel department verifying appointment as a children's librarian. If the recipient does not complete this requirement, for any reason within the recipient's control, the scholarship money must be refunded. Failure to fulfill requirements will result in forfeiture, or repayment of scholarship monies. The recipients are expected to become members of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. The names of the recipients will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June and disseminated through press releases and web posting. All other applicants will be notified by email after July 1.

Award Amount: $7,500 annually, non-renewable. Funds will be paid directly to the student's institution.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $7,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 1

Applications are available online on the American Library Association (ALA) website. The application must be completed online. The student may apply for all scholarships for which he/she is eligible by checking the appropriate boxes on the application form. The following components are required for application: a completed application form; a personal statement describing career interests and goals and a commitment to library service to children; contact information for three professional references, who will be provided with information for completing the online reference form; and official academic transcripts from the institutions where the student received his/her bachelor's degree and where the student is currently enrolled. Transcripts may be sent to ALA directly from the institution or be submitted by the student in an unopened envelope. All application materials must be received by the deadline date.
Contact: Courtney Jones
Address: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, Illinois 60611

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