ALAO Diversity Committee Scholarship Application

ALAO values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce.  The scholarship funds will be sent to the recipient after institutional enrollment is confirmed by the Diversity Committee chair or designee.

The ALAO Diversity Student Scholarship recipient will be announced at the ALAO Annual Conference and will receive a complimentary registration for the conference and will be assigned a mentor.
 
A qualified candidate will…
  • Be a full time or part time student enrolled in or recently accepted to an ALA-accredited MLS program, either on campus or via distance education, for the fall term following the call for scholarship applications
  • Currently live in Ohio
  • Demonstrate potential in the field of library and/or information science
  • Demonstrate leadership ability
  • Demonstrate diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability
  • Demonstrate commitment to these and other diversity and inclusion issues

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* Basic Information

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* Current or intended MLS/MLIS program

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* Student ID number

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* I understand that my financial aid may be reduced if I am awarded the ALAO Diversity Scholarship.

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* Race
(Note: in awarding the scholarship, some preference is given to candidates from diverse racial and ethnic groups)

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* Education (most recent school)

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* Education (next most recent school)

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* Work experience, begin with the most recent position
(You may include relevant volunteer or unpaid work such as internships)

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* Work experience
(You may include relevant volunteer or unpaid work such as internships)

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* Work experience
(You may include relevant volunteer or unpaid work such as internships)

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* Reference contact information
(The committee will contact references for final consideration of application, as a separate step in the process.)

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* Reference contact information

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* Honors or Awards

Please list your participation in honors societies or professional organizations, as well as any awards, scholarships, prizes, honors or class offices

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* Leadership Skills

Please describe briefly your leadership skills as demonstrated, for example, through employment, community, civic, organizational, or volunteer experiences.

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* Career Goals

Please describe your goals for your work in libraries, why these goals are important to you and how you think they would benefit your community and/or the profession.

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* Diversity and inclusion in Libraries

Comment on your understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion in libraries. Describe how you, as a library school student and future professional,

… will continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion.

… will demonstrate that commitment.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. The ALAO diversity committee will be reviewing applications within the next few weeks.

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