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Scholarships

PLA 2022 Scholarships

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.

Applications now being accepted! Deadline to apply is December 8, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be announced January 5, 2022.


Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants

Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants introduce ALA Spectrum Scholars to public librarianship and provide networking opportunities within the profession. Selection is based on the quality and appropriateness of submitted essays. Each grant includes complimentary registration, one year of ALA and PLA membership, and a $1,000 stipend for travel and housing. Selected recipients will be invited to the PLA President's Reception. They will also be asked to submit a blog post for possible publication on Public Libraries Online and in the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) blog, Intersections.

Applications accepted beginning early January 2022, with a deadline late January 2022. Grant recipients will be announced early February 2022.


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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