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The Indiana Library Federation maintains certain funds to support library education and training. Award amounts may vary from year to year, depending upon fund availability. Monetary awards and scholarships are managed and awarded based on donor intent and include specific criteria and expectations for reporting outcomes to ILF.  

Scholarship for Professional Development

David Dickey Continuing Education Award
Awarded to individuals who are new to the academic library profession and seeking support for continuing his or her education.  An award of up to $250 may be provided each year to attend a professional conference, such as the ILF annual conference, or to obtain additional training.  Indiana Library Federation membership is not required.  Previous recipients of this award may reapply.
Deadline: June 30.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:
Nominee must have received his or her library degree no more than five (5) years ago
Nominee must be working in a professional capacity
Provide documentation and supporting information that describes the continuing education experience sought and its potential benefits to the recipient and institution.

Scholarships for Higher Education

The Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named in honor of an outstanding reference librarian at Purdue University. This scholarship provides scholarship funding for one or more applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or seeking a Library Technical Assistant Associate Degree. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of up to $1,000 for students pursuing the graduate degree and up to $750 for students seeking the Library Assistant Associate degree. 

The Sue Marsh Weller Memorial Scholarship Fund provides funding for at least one scholarship for applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of graduate study specializing in children's librarianship with plans to work with children or youth. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of $1,000. 

The William Gresh Memorial Scholarship provides funding for at least one scholarship applicant entering or currently enrolled in a program to receive educational certification in the field of Library Media Services. A scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to use toward an MLS.
 
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:
1) Applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate certification program for Library Media Services.
2) Applicant’s  program of study must meet the current criteria as set by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.

Guidelines for Scholarship Applicants
All scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of: 
(1) Interest in librarianship as a profession 
(2) Personality and Character 
(3) Academic record 
(4) Economic need, and 
(5) References and/or a personal interview.

Applicants must be legal residents of Indiana. Each must accept employment in an Indiana library within one year after completing his or her library education and must continue to work in an Indiana library for at least one year after accepting employment. If a recipient does not comply with these conditions, the scholarship must be repaid as a loan.

Applicants are responsible for making sure that the materials requested in the scholarship application are received by the Indiana Library Federation office by the posted deadline of June 30

The following items are necessary for an application to be considered:
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. At least one recommendation must be from a librarian. All letters of recommendation should be of a professional nature. References from current or previous employers or supervisors, library trustees, current or previous teachers or professors, or others who comment on your potential as a library professional are acceptable.

The letters should comment on one or more of the following: 
o potential in the library profession; 
o employment performance;
o participation in volunteer and community activities; 
o academic performance.

For master’s candidates
o a transcript or copy of official grade report for any library science courses already completed; 
o transcripts of all undergraduate education; 
o transcripts from other graduate work may be included, but are not required.

For public library certification candidates
o a copy of the approved public library certification program; 
o transcripts from undergraduate education and/or high school; 
o transcript or copy of official grade report for any course already taken toward library certification.

For school library media candidates
o a transcript for any education and/or library science courses already completed; 
o a transcript for all undergraduate or graduate work completed.

For library assistant candidates
o a transcript for any education and/or library science courses already completed, including completion of at least 30 of the 60 required credits; 
o a transcript for all undergraduate or graduate work completed;
o must demonstrate a C or better GPA at the end of their most recent semester. 

A short essay. Essay question is located on the scholarship application.
 
Questions? Contact the ILF office at (317) 257-2040 or e-mail askus@ilfonline.org.

 


 

 

 

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