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The Indiana Library Federation maintains certain funds to support library education and training. Submissions for the 2020 ILF Scholarships are now closed. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year, depending upon fund availability and student needs. Monetary awards and scholarships are managed and awarded based on donor intent and include specific criteria and expectations for reporting outcomes to ILF.  

Scholarships for Higher Education

The Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named in honor of an outstanding reference librarian at Purdue University. This scholarship provides scholarship funding for one or more applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate degree program in library and information science or seeking a Library Technical Assistant Associate Degree. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of up to $1,000 for students pursuing the graduate degree and up to $750 for students seeking the Library Assistant Associate degree, depending upon hours enrolled. 

The Sue Marsh Weller Memorial Scholarship Fund provides funding for at least one scholarship for applicants entering or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of graduate study specializing in children's librarianship with plans to work with children or youth. This scholarship is typically awarded in the amount of $1,000, depending upon hours enrolled. 

The William Gresh Memorial Scholarship provides funding for at least one scholarship applicant entering or currently enrolled in a program to receive educational certification in the field of Library Media Services. A scholarship of up to $1,000 is awarded to use toward an MLS/MLIS, depending upon hours enrolled.
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:
1) Applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate certification program for Library Media Services.
2) Applicant’s  program of study must meet the current criteria as set by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.

Guidelines for Scholarship Applicants
All scholarship recipients are chosen on the basis of: 
(1) Interest in librarianship as a profession 
(2) Personality and Character 
(3) Academic record 
(4) Economic need 
(5) References 
(6) and video/
personal interview.

Applicants must be legal residents of Indiana. Each must accept employment in an Indiana library within one year after completing his or her library education and must continue to work in an Indiana library for at least one year after accepting employment. If a recipient does not comply with these conditions, the scholarship must be repaid as a loan.

Applicants are responsible for making sure that the materials requested as listed in the scholarship signature sheet are received by the Indiana Library Federation office by the posted deadline of June 30.

The following items are necessary for an application to be considered:
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. At least one recommendation must be from a librarian. All letters of recommendation should be of a professional nature. References from current or previous employers or supervisors, library trustees, current or previous teachers or professors, or others who comment on your potential as a library professional are acceptable.

The letters should comment on one or more of the following: 
o potential in the library profession; 
o employment performance;
o participation in volunteer and community activities; 
o academic performance.

For master’s candidates
o a transcript or copy of official grade report for any library science courses already completed; 
o transcripts of all undergraduate education; 
o transcripts from other graduate work may be included, but are not required.

For public library certification candidates
o a copy of the approved public library certification program; 
o transcripts from undergraduate education and/or high school; 
o transcript or copy of official grade report for any course already taken toward library certification.

For school library candidates
o a transcript for any education and/or library science courses already completed; 
o a transcript for all undergraduate or graduate work completed.

For library assistant candidates
o a transcript for any education and/or library science courses already completed, including completion of at least 20 of the 60 required credits (this should include at least three library courses); 
o a transcript for all undergraduate or graduate work completed;
o must demonstrate a C or better GPA at the end of their most recent semester. 

A short essay.

 A personal interview/video.

Review the required elements on the scholarship signature sheet, complete and submit to (Word doc available upon request). Then fill out the application below. Personal interview videos must be between 2-5 minutes and address questions posed by the Awards & Honors Committee.

Scholarship for Professional Development

David Dickey Continuing Education Award
Awarded to individuals who are new to the academic library profession and seeking support for continuing his or her education.  An award of up to $250 may be provided each year to attend a professional conference, such as the ILF annual conference, or to obtain additional training.  Indiana Library Federation membership is not required.  Previous recipients of this award may reapply. 
Deadline: June 30.

Minimum Criteria for Consideration:
 Nominee must have received his or her library degree no more than five (5) years ago
 Nominee must be working in a professional capacity
 Provide documentation and supporting information that describes the continuing education experience sought and its potential benefits to the recipient and institution.

Questions? Contact the ILF office at (317) 257-2040 or e-mail Tisa Davis at

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