2021 VLA Scholarships: Applications Now Available

Deadline for application packets to be received by VLA: April 9, 2021

2021 VLA Scholarship Application
2021 VLA Recommendation Form

Submit completed application by e-mail to Lisa Varga at [email protected]

The Virginia Library Association will award three $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Science at ALA- accredited schools.  The Clara Stanley Scholarship is awarded by the VLA Professional Associates Forum (VLAPAF), the CDR Alexander C. Varga Memorial Scholarship and the VLA Scholarship are provided by the Virginia Library Association.

The eligibility requirements for VLA Scholarships are:

  • Residence in the state of Virginia or currently employed in a Virginia Library.
  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Acceptance by, or currently enrolled in, an American Library Association accredited library school.  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 $15.00
  • For the Clara Stanley VLAPAF Scholarship: current employment at a Virginia library is required.

The major factors considered in making the awards are:

  • 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.

In order to be considered, your application, including two (2) references, is to be submitted by April 9, 2021. You must have two (2) references. One (1) of the two (2) references must be a librarian or other information professional employed in the state of Virginia. A link to the Recommendation Form is available on the VLA website. This form 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: Kerri Copus, Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library: [email protected] or PH (540) 382-6969 x215.