VLA Scholarships

The Virginia Library Association awards three $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a Masters degree in Library Science at ALA accredited schools. The VLA Scholarship is awarded by the Scholarship Committee. The Clara Stanley Scholarship is awarded by the VLA Professional Associates Forum (VLAPAF).  Another scholarship is awarded by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association (VPLDA).

Apply Today!

The Virginia Library Association is now accepting scholarship applications for those pursuing a Masters degree from an ALA accredited, graduate library degree program. In order to be considered, your application including two (2) references is to be submitted by March 3, 2017. You must have two (2) references, one of which must be a librarian. To find the Application Form and Recommendation Form, visit the 2017 Scholarship Application page. The Recommendation Forms must be submitted by the reference persons themselves.

The Scholarship Committee will review applications during the spring and you will be notified of the Committee's decisions in late April. If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact: Claire Covington, Broadway High School Library, ccovington@rockingham.k12.va.us, (540) 300-2046.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Residence in the state of Virginia or currently employed in a Virginia Library
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Acceptance by an American Library Association accredited library school or a pending application for admission. MUST be earning a Master of Library Science Degree.
  • Membership in the Virginia Library Association. Click here to become a student member. Annual fee is $15.
  • For the Clara Stanley Scholarship: Applicant must be currently employed at a Virginia library.
  • Calls for scholarship applications are usually announced in January.

Judging Criteria

  • Evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship in Virginia
  • Financial need
  • Potential for outstanding achievement in the library profession
  • Academic excellence
  • Membership in the Virginia Library Association

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For more information, contact:
Lisa R. Varga
VLA Executive Director
vla.lisav@cox.net