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PLA 2022 Scholarships

Applications Now Being Accepted

To encourage equity, diversity, and inclusion in the library profession, PLA is sponsoring fifteen (15) general conference scholarship with five (5) scholarships in each of three categories: Early-career Library Staff Scholarships, Non-Salaried or Unemployed Library Staff Scholarships, and Library School Student Scholarships. Each scholarship includes complimentary registration, one year of ALA and PLA membership, and a $500 stipend for travel and housing. These scholarships provide financial assistance for public library workers and students to be able to attend the PLA 2022 Conference in person in Portland, March 23–25. These scholarships may not be applied toward the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference.

Donate to support PLA 2022 scholarships and grants! All donations made to PLA from November 2021 through February 2022 will be applied to the PLA 2022 Conference scholarships and grants. Scroll to the bottom of this page for details.

Early-career Librarian Scholarships

Early-career Library Staff Scholarships aim to provide opportunities for library workers who have five years or less of library experience to learn, network, and develop new skills by attending the PLA Conference for the first time.

Goals:

  • Equip early-career library workers with tools to provide community-centered and people-focused services at their libraries
  • Provide networking and career advancement opportunities for early-career library workers
  • Increase participation of entry-level and minority library workers in PLA professional development trainings
  • Encourage career-long involvement with PLA

Eligibility:

  • Be a library worker with five years or less of work experience in a public library
  • Never attended a PLA Conference previously
  • Currently employed in a public library

Non-Salaried or Unemployed Library Staff Scholarships

Non-salaried or Unemployed Library Staff Scholarships provide opportunities for those who are unemployed, furloughed, or in a library service position at a salary less than $30,000 a year to expand their professional horizons and find career opportunities by participating in the PLA Conference.

Goals:

  • Increase skill development for non-salaried or unemployed library staff so they can better serve their current or future communities and library
  • Connect non-salaried or unemployed library staff with opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  • Provide equitable and inclusive professional development opportunities for non-salaried or unemployed library staff

Eligibility:

  • Be unemployed, furloughed, or in a library service position at a salary less than $30,000 a year

Library School Student Scholarships

Library School Student Scholarships provide opportunities for any library science and/or information science students to explore a career in public librarianship and learn about current issues affecting public libraries at the PLA Conference.

Goals:

  • Introduce students to PLA professional development offerings
  • Connect students with peers and mentors to help guide their path to a meaningful public library career
  • Encourage future involvement with PLA

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at least part-time at an ALA-accredited institution (part-time status as defined by your institution)

Timeline

Applications open: November 18, 2021
Applications close: December 8, 2021
Recipients announced: January 5, 2022

PLA is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and is consistently advocating for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. In awarding the scholarships, preference will be given to applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and applicants who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The selection committee will strive to achieve diversity and balance among scholarship recipients and will also consider financial need and geographical location of the applicant.

Scholarships are non-transferrable. If a recipient is unable to attend the PLA 2022 Conference in person in Portland, OR, then the scholarship will revert back to PLA to be awarded to another scholarship applicant. Scholarship funds will be disbursed in US Dollars only, and currency conversion (if necessary) will be the responsibility of the recipient.

Apply Now!


Donate to Support PLA 2022 Scholarships & Grants

Help PLA support the future of public libraries by donating to the Friends of PLA Fund! All donations made to PLA from November 2021 through February 2022 will be applied to the PLA 2022 Conference scholarships and grants. Your donation will go toward providing library workers and students the opportunity to sharpen their skills, reconnect with colleagues, and revitalize their passion for the vital work they do at the PLA 2022 Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 23–25. To learn more about the benefits of giving, please review our PLA 2022 Scholarship Donor sheet (PDF).

To donate, please visit https://ec.ala.org/donate and select "Divisions" > "PLA" and enter your donation amount in the box titled "Friends of PLA." Your tax-deductible donation will help to ensure the future vitality of the profession and the association. Thank you in advance for your contribution and helping support the advancement of public libraries!

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