AkLA has established a scholarship program to support the education of librarians for Alaska’s libraries. The stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing a Graduate Degree in Library Science and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska to work in professional library positions. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity. The amount available this year is $4,000. The recipient will be announced at the AkLA Conference, February 27-March 2 in Anchorage. To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:
- Possesses a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university;
- Is eligible for acceptance, or is currently enrolled, in a Graduate Degree program in Library and Information Science in a university program accredited by the American Library Association;
- Is or will be a student during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received; and
- Makes a commitment to work in an Alaskan library for a minimum of one year after graduation.
Completed applications must be received by January 15 of the award year. The application is online at http:/ /akla.org/scholarships/application-and-reference-forms/.
If you have questions or need copies of the guidelines and application forms, contact:
AkLA Scholarship Committee
Alaska State Library, attn.: Julie Niederhauser
P.O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571
ph: (907) 465-2916 or within Alaska, 1-888-820-2916. fax: (907) 465-2665