Awards & Scholarships

Apply for an ALSC Professional Award!

It’s professional award season! This fall, ALSC has several chances for members to take advantage of opportunities for their libraries and their career development!

Every year, more than $100,000 is given away through ALSC’s professional awards, grants, and scholarships. ALSC professional awards are for those new to the profession or members with years of experience. A list of professional award winners from 2013 is not available from the ALSC website.

Want to apply? Due dates for awards are coming up! Make sure to familiarize yourself with the due dates before you apply.

Penguin Young Readers Group Award
This award provides a $600 stipend, provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, for up to four winners to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.
Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2013

Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship
This fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend to allow a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.
Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2013

Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award
This $4,000 award aims to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a school or public library that has not before had the opportunity to host one.
Deadline: Saturday, November 30, 2013

ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant
This $3,000 grant provides financial assistance to a public library for developing an outstanding summer reading program for children.
Deadline: Saturday, November 30, 2013

ALSC Distinguished Service Award
The recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference.
Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013

ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant
This $3,000 grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations in efforts to help them continue their service.
Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bookapalooza
Three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of materials (estimated to be worth $10,000 each) to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families.
Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2014

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