Alaska Library Association Scholarship

Expires On: Monday January 15th, 2024 5:00pm
Scholarship Provider: Alaska Library Association
Career Choice: Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies
Geographic Limitations: Southern Peninsula
Who Can Apply: Graduating Seniors, Homeschool
Dollar Amount: 4000

AkLA has established a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity.
An applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:
• is eligible for acceptance, is currently enrolled, or will be a student in a graduate school program during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received.
• makes a commitment to work in an Alaska library for a minimum of one year after graduation as a paid employee or a volunteer, or for two semesters for one semester’s financial assistance. A scholarship recipient who fails to fulfill this commitment will be expected to repay the money received. Candidates awarded the scholarship must supply proof of admission to an accredited program before the scholarship is disbursed.
Amount for the next academic year will be $4,000.
Criteria for Selection
An individual will be selected by a Scholarship Committee of AkLA based on the following criteria:
• Financial need
• Demonstrated scholastic ability and writing skills
• Applicant’s response to an essay question regarding their professional goals and objectives in pursuing a library career
• Strength of references. Three Applicant Reference Evaluation Forms are required, at least one of which must be from a librarian. References may include additional comments or letters.
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A complete application packet must be postmarked by January 15 2023. The scholarship recipient will be announced in the spring.

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