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).  In 2018, the third scholarship has been sponsored by the Tidewater Area Library Directors Council (TALDC.)


The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 scholarship winners. View the current and past scholarship winners by clicking on the buttons below.


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

Show your support 

Support continuing excellence in Virginia's libraries by donating to the VLA Scholarship Fund now:

Click here to donate to VLA

For more information, contact:
Lisa R. Varga
VLA Executive Director
[email protected]