University of Delaware Library

The University of Delaware Library Assembly of Professional Staff


Library Student Assistant Scholarship

The UDLAPS Library Student Assistant Scholarship was established in 1996. It is intended to reward outstanding student service at the University of Delaware Library and make a positive contribution to the profession of librarianship. The scholarship encourages student assistants and graduate assistants who have worked in the University of Delaware Library to pursue careers as library and information professionals. Because student and graduate employees are so essential to the daily operations of the Library, the scholarship program also serves as a means of recognition. In addition, employment in the Library provides student assistants and graduate assistants a valuable introduction to the field of Library service. The scholarship program offers support in the pursuit of graduate library education to student assistants and graduate assistants who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to librarianship.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must be current or former student assistants or graduate assistants who have worked at the University of Delaware Library at least one semester (a minimum of 150 hours). Applicants must have applied for admission to a formal program of library and information studies leading to a master's degree. The recipient must enter an ALA-accredited master's degree program. Applicants must provide documentation of a 3.0 GPA or better at the University of Delaware.

Applications

Applicants will be required to submit the following: 1) A completed application form; 2) a letter stating reasons for interest in becoming a librarian or information professional; 3) two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a University of Delaware Library staff member addressing current or previous experience as a University of Delaware Library student assistant or graduate assistant; 4) a letter showing proof of application or acceptance to an ALA-accredited graduate library education program; and 5) evidence of a 3.0 GPA or better.

The Application Form for the 2015 UDLAPS Library Student Assistant Scholarship in Microsoft Word format can be found at http://www.lib.udel.edu/udlaps/activities/appform.doc. The application deadline is March 15, 2015.

Awards

One scholarship of $750 is available annually. The recipient of the award must provide proof of acceptance to an ALA-accredited graduate library education program. If there are no qualified applicants, no award will be given.

Contributions

The UDLAPS Student Assistant Scholarship is funded exclusively by contributions from University of Delaware Library Staff. Advancing this worthy cause requires continued financial support. Those who would like to give to the scholarship should send the Student Assistant Scholarship Contribution Form, along with their tax-deductible contributions, to the UDLAPS Secretary/Treasurer. Checks should be made payable to the University of Delaware, noting on the memo line: “UDLAPS Scholarship Fund.”