David H. Clift Scholarship

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 a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must major in library science.
  4. Must attend a school with an ALA-accredited master's degree program. A list of the eligible schools is available at www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory/search.
  5. Must have no more than 12 semester hours toward an MLS/MLIS/MIS degree prior to June 1 of the year that the scholarship is awarded.

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

Description: U.S. or Canadian citizens/permanent residents who are enrolled at a school with an ALA-accredited master's degree program in library science are eligible for this award. Students must have no more than 12 semester hours prior to June 1 of the year in which the scholarship is awarded.

Application requirements for the David H. Clift Scholarship are:

  • Recommendation letter
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • References
Additional Information: This scholarship is named for a former director of the American Library Association. Factors considered in making these awards include: academic excellence; leadership; 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. 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 Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Applications are available online on the American Library Association (ALA) website. Scholarship information is available by clicking the 'General Scholarships' 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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