Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Library Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be working in a library as support staff.
  3. Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Must pursue an MLS/MLIS/MIS degree.
  5. Must enroll in a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). A list of ALA-accredited programs is available at
  6. Must not have earned more than 12 semester hours toward his/her master's degree prior to June 1 of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

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

Description: U.S. or Canadian citizens/permanent residents who will have completed no more than 12 hours towards an MLS/MLIS/MIS degree prior to June 1 of the award year are eligible for this award. Students must attend an ALA-accredited library school, be studying in the area of library and information studies, and be currently working as part of a library support staff.

Application requirements for the Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • References (3)
Additional Information: This scholarship was established with a donation from the founder of Quality Books. Factors considered for selection include academic excellence, leadership qualities, and evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship. Achievement in these areas may best be demonstrated by statements indicating the nature of library and other experience, by professional references, and by the personal statement included in the online application. Please note: For all scholarships in the library support staff category, applicants will be asked to complete only one personal statement during the online application. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1. All other applicants will be notified by mail after July 1.

Award Amount: $3,000 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,000.

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. Scholarship information is available by clicking the 'Scholarships for Library Support Staff' link. Please note: The student need only complete one application to apply for all scholarships for which he/she is eligible. The following components are required for all ALA scholarships: a completed online application (includes a personal statement); contact information for three professional references, who will be sent instructions for completion of the online reference form; and official academic transcripts from the institution where the student received his/her bachelor's degree and the institution where he/she is currently enrolled. Transcripts may be sent to ALA directly from the institution or be submitted by the student in an unopened envelope. Only official, sealed transcripts will be accepted. All application materials must be submitted online by the deadline.
About American Library Association:
Contact Information: Lillian Lewis, Scholarship Staff Liaison c/o Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)
Address: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, Illinois 60611

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