Sage & JCLC Inc. NALCo LIS Student Scholarship

For 2024, we are excited to offer a second scholarship which is sponsored by SAGE Publishing.  The scholarship will award one LIS student from each National Association of Librarians of Color organization with a $2000 scholarship to support them as they pursue a graduate degree (MA, MS, or PhD) in the library sciences.  The criteria and procedures for the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship will apply for the Sage & JCLC Inc NALCo LIS Student Scholarship, with the addition that the award winner will be required to write a 500 – 800 word blog post at some point during the school year articulating how the award benefitted them among other items (prompt TBD) to be posted on a Sage blog and in the AILA newsletter.

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Deadline: July 15, 2024

Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship 

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) will provide a library school scholarship to a qualified American Indian individual in the amount of $4000 for the 2024-2025 academic school year.

Deadline: July 15, 2024

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The purpose of the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship shall be to provide tuition to an American Indian individual who lives and/or works in the American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a master’s degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association.


To be considered for the scholarship award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe as evidenced by the CIBC card of the applicant or be a tribal member with official documentation
  2. Be able to demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian community and sustained commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives
  3. Be admitted to a graduate program in library and/or information sciences, accredited by the American Library Association
  4. Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours each semester of the year of the scholarship award.

Note: Preference will be given to applicants who are employed in a tribal library or who are currently employed in a library serving American Indian populations.


  1. Completed application form, submitted to the Chair of the AILA Scholarship Committee, must be received by July 15.
  2. Enclosed with the application must be two letters of recommendation; letters should reference applicant’s academic abilities, potential for professional development and contributions as a librarian, and demonstrated commitment to supporting the concerns and initiatives of the American Indian populace.
  3. Enclose evidence of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska village or similar official documentation.
  4. Attach personal statement which addresses past and future sustained involvement in American Indian communities (not to exceed 500 words).
  5. Attach resume
  6. Email your completed application package to: ailawebsite@gmail.com


  1. The scholarship applicants will be selected by a committee of AILA members, appointed annually by the AILA President with the approval of the Executive Board.
  2. Completed application forms will be distributed to the Scholarship committee by July 15 of each year; the committee will convene prior to the AILA Annual Business Meeting to select the scholarship recipient. The scholarship recipient will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.
  3. The scholarship check will be distributed to the recipient by August 31; proof of enrollment for fall semester in accredited library science program must be provided to the Scholarship Committee before check will be distributed to recipient.


  1. The scholarship shall be administered under the Bylaws of AILA.
  2. AILA will offer at least one $4000 in library school scholarships annually.
  3. In the event that no applicants can satisfy the above requirements in a given year, no scholarship will be awarded, with the option to grant two scholarships the following year.
  4. Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for the scholarship in a subsequent year, but may not receive a scholarship award for more than 2 consecutive years.
  5. AILA may ask recipient to report on library school experience for the AILA newsletter.
  6. Recipient will receive complimentary one-year student membership to AILA.
  7. Total scholarship awards of $600 or more from AILA in one calendar year are subject to federal income tax.