PurposeScholarship Committee

To provide support to Association members who seek to advance their education in the field of librarianship

Committee Member Roster


 

2022 VLA Scholarships: Application Now Available

Deadline for application packets to be received by VLA: March 13, 2022

2022 VLA Scholarship Application
2022 VLA Recommendation Form

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

The Virginia Library Association will award three $3000 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), and the VLA Scholarships 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; or join VLA and the American Library Association as part of the Joint Student Membership program.
  • 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 March 13, 2022. 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 May of 2022.  If you have any questions about any aspect of the application process, please contact:  Kelsey Cheshire, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, at [email protected].   


Committee Information

Interested in learning about and applying for our scholarships? Visit the VLA Scholarship page for more information.