Purpose The stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Masters 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 library media specialist certificate 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.
Criteria for Selection
An individual will be selected by a Scholarship Committee of AkLA based on the following criteria:
Demonstrated scholastic ability and writing skills
Applicant’s response to an essay question regarding his/her 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.
Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad, 3rd Year Grad,
Type: Needs Based
Num Awards: 1
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: 4,000
Alaska Library Association
AkLA Scholarship Committee 344 West 3rd Avenue, Suite 125
Anchorage, AK 99501
Contact Person: AKLA Scholarship Committee