Indian Library Association Scholarship
Established in July of 2000, the purpose the American Indian Library
Association Scholarship shall be to provide tuition to an American Indian
individual who lives and works in the American Indian community, and who is
enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a masterís degree program
at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by
the American Library Association.
CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD
To be considered for the scholarship award, applicants must meet the
1. Be an enrolled member of
a federally recognized tribe as evidenced by the CIBC card of the applicant or
be a tribal member with official documentation
2. Be able to demonstrate
sustained involvement in the American Indian community and sustained commitment
to American Indian concerns and initiatives
3. Be admitted to a graduate
program in library and/or information sciences, accredited by the American
4. Be enrolled in a minimum
of 6 hours each semester of the year of the scholarship award.
Note: Preference will be given to applicants who are employed in a tribal library or who are currently employed in a library serving American Indian populations. Financial need also will be considered in determining the recipients of the scholarship
1. Completed application
forms, submitted to the Chair of the AILA Scholarship Committee, must be
postmarked no later than April 1, 2005.
2. Enclosed with the
application must be two letters of recommendation; letters should reference
applicantís academic abilities, potential for professional development and
contributions as a librarian, and demonstrated commitment to supporting the
concerns and initiatives of the American Indian populace.
3. Scholarship recipients
are eligible to reapply for the scholarship in a subsequent year, but may not
receive a scholarship award for more that 2 consecutive years.
1. The scholarship
applicants will be selected by a committee of 5 AILA members, appointed annually
by the AILA President with the approval of the Executive Board; committee
members will serve two year, staggered terms
Note: in the first year, the committee will consist of 3 members
appointed for 1 year terms and 2 members appointed for 2 year terms.
2. Completed application
forms will be distributed to the Scholarship committee by June 1 of each year;
the committee will convene prior to the AILA Annual Business Meeting to select
the scholarship recipient. The
scholarship recipient will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting.
3. The scholarship check
will be distributed to the recipient by August 15; proof of enrollment for fall
semester in accredited library science program must be provided to the
Scholarship Committee before check will be distributed to recipient.
1. The scholarship shall be
administered under the By Laws of AILA.
2. One award of $500 will be
issued annually. However, if the Scholarship Fund should grow to an extent
that sufficient income is available to finance more than one award annually, the
Scholarship Committee shall have the authority to give additional awards as
authorized by the Executive Board. Additional
awards will be given utilizing the same criteria as used for the initial award.
3. In the event that no
applicants can satisfy the above requirements in a given year, no scholarship
will be awarded, with the option to grant two scholarships the following year.
4. AILA may accept
contributions to the Scholarship Fund at any time.
All such additions shall be considered additions to the principal.
Indian Library Association Scholarship
The American Indian Library Association Scholarship shall provide
(tuition) financial assistance for an American Indian who is enrolled, or has
been accepted and will enroll in a masterís degree program in an American
Library Association accredited library school. Deadline for application is April 1, 2005.
FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION:
Include two letters of recommendation (see criteria)
Enclose evidence of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaskan
village or similar official
3. Attach personal statement which addresses past and future sustained involvement in American Indian communities (not to exceed 250 words)
Send completed application package to:
Associate Dean Joan S. Howland
Treasurer, American Indian Library Association
Law Library/Law School
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
American Indian Library Association Scholarship
School in which applicant has been accepted or enrolled:
letter of acceptance or evidence of enrollment)
of Library School: