Monday, March 21, 2011

REFORMA Scholarship Program for 2011

REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking

Deadline: Midnight April 1, 2011

For more information and to access the application, see:

Who should apply?
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for its scholarships. Must provide proof of enrollment to an accredited library school. Full-time status is not a requirement.
Since 1971, REFORMA has supported the active recruitment of bilingual and bicultural librarians to meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking community. The REFORMA Scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and enable Spanish speakers to pursue or advance a career in Library and Information Science.

Title of Award : REFORMA Scholarship
REFORMA has established a scholarship to be awarded annually for the academic year, commencing in the Fall. The award is announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference and is granted for graduate study in the field of Library and Information Science.

$1,500 maximum. Number of scholarships and amount varies from year to year.

Open to students who qualify for graduate study in Library and Information Science who are Spanish-speakers or interested in serving Latinos or the Spanish-speaking. The scholarships are not restricted by age, sex, creed, national origin, or minority group/association membership.

Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship and the potential for high academic standing. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community. The recipients must display character and leadership, which are essential for success both as a student and as a professional.

**NOTE: Before scholarship funds are disbursed, recipient must be accepted to an accredited library school and provide proof of enrollment.

Application Procedures
Applicants must submit the following:

Completed application (Word or PDF)
*Official copy of most recent college transcripts (photocopies will not be accepted)
*Current resume accompanied by a cover letter
*Two letters of reference from professors, employers, librarians or other professionals (excluding family) who are well acquainted with the applicant's educational background, intellectual abilities, and personal character.

Additional Information
Award recipients will be notified prior to the awarding of the scholarships. They will also be announced on the REFORMA Online Forum before the ALA Annual Conference in June. The REFORMA Scholarship MUST be used within the academic year following notification of the award, and the recipient must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school program. Students who have been awarded a scholarship but do not use it during the year for which it was awarded, must return the award and re-apply for the following year or later.

Reply to:
Ramona F. Grijalva, Chair
REFORMA Scholarship Committee
408 W. Ohio Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: 520-741-1762