ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

American Library Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Two 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 be a U.S. citizen or a Canadian citizen.
  4. Must have applied to an eligible ALA-accredited library schools and be accepted by June of the award year. A list of ALA-accredited library schools is available at
  5. Must be planning to pursue an MLS or MLIS. The student may not have earned more than 12 semester hours toward an MLS/MLIS prior to June 1 of the year awarded.

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

Description: Graduate students who have completed no more than 12 hours in an approved MLS/MLIS program while attending an ALA-accredited school are eligible for this award. Eligible students must be U.S. or Canadian citizens and plan to work in a library in an area of service to children.

Application requirements for the ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Reference
Additional Information: This scholarship is made possible by contributions from librarians, professional associated and others in the book world in tribute to Frederic G. Melcher. 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: $8,000 annually, non-renewable. Funds will be paid in two equal amounts at the beginning of the first two semesters or quarters in which the recipient is enrolled.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $16,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The application deadline date has not yet been finalized for this year, but is expected to remain the same as last year. The deadline date shown here is tentative based on last year's date. Please check back in October for a refreshed application deadline date. 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 contacted 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.
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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