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ALA Spectrum Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The ALA Spectrum Scholarship is now accepting applications until March 1, 2019

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA

Apply for Spectrum
Thank you for your interest in a Spectrum Scholarship. The American Library Association accepts
applications for all of its scholarships annually from September to March 1st for the following academic
year. Visit the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse to begin an application.



Current and Future Spectrum Applicants — attend a December 2018 Webinar


To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should:
· be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
· identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino,
Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-
    recognized School Library Media Program
  • be enrolled in an accredited program and begin no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
    · have full or part-time status
    · plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving your
    scholarship funds


Applying for ALA Scholarships

Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship
Clearinghouse which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American
Library Association. Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September to
March 1. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:

  • Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  • Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You
    will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
    · Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If
    you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media
    Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official
    (sealed) copies will be accepted.

The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse (50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611)
must receive the completed
online application, personal statement, three references, and transcripts by March 1st to be
considered. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st. All other applicants will be notified by email after July 1 st.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our Spectrum FAQ for more information to assist you as you review eligibility and
prepare an application.
About the Scholarship
Spectrum Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.
Each scholar receives $5,000 from ALA to combat the rising cost of graduate education as well as $1,500
to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. In addition to

financial support recipients benefit from peer mentoring and a large alumni network. Critical for long-
term impact, the program offers continuing education and professional development opportunities foundational to obtaining leadership positions within the profession.
Spectrum Scholars receive a number of benefits in addition to their scholarship funds, these include:
· Complementary one-yr. student membership to ALA (includes one-yr. subscription to American
· Free student admission to ALA Annual conference during the scholarship year.
· Free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute: a 3 day institute that highlights cross
cultural models of leadership and features national library and community leaders.
· Complementary memberships to ALA divisions and participating Round Tables and Affiliates
during the scholarship year.
· Formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
· Matching scholarships from library schools and other regional library associations.
· Access to colleagues via an electronic discussion list, and various private and open online
· Posted information on job/internship/residency opportunities all over the country and in
different types of libraries.
· Networking with other Spectrum Scholars and library leaders.
· Participation in a national library diversity initiative and the recognition merited by this
· Invitations to present at forums, conferences, and institutes.
· Opportunities to apply for travel grants to regional institutes and conferences.