Scholarship Towards your MLS

About the Scholarship:
YALSA, through an ALA Ahead to 2010 grant, will be funding one ALA Spectrum Scholar for the 2008 year who is interested in pursuing a career in young adult librarianship or secondary school librarianship. Spectrum Scholars receive a $5,000 scholarship towards the completion of a master’s degree in library science. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2008.

Spectrum’s major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students. Spectrum/YALSA will provide a one-year $5,000 scholarship and over $1,500 in professional development opportunities to one eligible student planning to attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program for the purpose of securing a job in a public or school library that serves teens.

Eligibility:
To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship:
•Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada.
•Applicant must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
•Applicant must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program.
•Applicant shall have completed no more than a third of the credit requirements toward her/his MLIS or school library media degree at the time of award, June 1st.
•Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited program and begin school no later than September 1st or the Fall Semester immediately following the award.

•Applicants may have full or part time status.

Application:
The deadline to apply is March 1, 2008. Apply today via the online form.

For Additional Information:
To learn more about the Spectrum Scholar program, please visit the Spectrum web site.
Please direct questions to Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Program Officer, ALA Office for Diversity & Spectrum, by emailing spectrum@ala.org or calling 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5048.