ALSC Bound to Stay Bound Books scholarships

Scholarship Value: $8,000
Awards Available: 4

The Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB) Scholarship provides financial assistance in the form of four $8,000 annual awards for the education of individuals who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. This work may be serving children up to and including the age of 14 in any type library. The Scholarship is made possible by the ALSC through the generous contributions of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Incorporated.

Special thanks go to the Bound to Stay Bound Books foundation, which has encouraged the professional development of Children's librarians through this scholarship since 1985. 

Requirements

The following items are required for all scholarship applications. Be sure to check the requirements of the specific scholarship for which you are applying because you may need to mail additional documents.

Required. Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).

Required. Completed references (only references on the official online form will be accepted).  A total of three references must be submitted. You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.

Required. Official academic transcripts from institutions where you received your bachelors degree and from institutions where you are currently enrolled in a MLIS program. These can be submitted directly from the institution, or mailed in the unopened envelope as received from the degree-granting institutions along with any other materials you may need to submit. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. Electronic transcripts will not be considered. Transcripts are to be received on or before March 1st.

Required.  The completed online application, personal statement,  and three references must be received in the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1st  to be considered.

The mailing address is:

  • ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse
  • 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1300
  • Chicago, IL 60601

Note: The completion of the application is the responsibility of the applicant.

  1. Three major factors are considered in awarding these scholarships:academic excellence;

b) leadership; and

c) evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4279 or scholarships@ala.org.

Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st.   All other applicants will be notified by e-mail after July 1st.

PLEASE NOTE: The scholarship application and the reference forms are both online submissions. The scholarship application and reference forms are available until March 1st. 

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