2023 Scholarship opportunities available now!

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The New Jersey Library Association is committed to growing and advancing library professionals in the state of New Jersey. To demonstrate this commitment, NJLA provides scholarships to students attending or accepted to attend ALA-accredited LIS graduate schools. Applicants must live or work in the state of New Jersey. The Scholarship Subcommittee seeks to recognize LIS students who demonstrate academic achievement, vision, innovation, and the potential for leadership.

Moreover, in partnership with Rutgers University School of Communication and Information (SC&I) Department of Library and Information Science (LIS), New Jersey State Library, and LibraryLinkNJ, NJLA will be awarding new Equity Scholarships of $8,500 each beginning in the Fall semester (September 2023) through the Winter/Spring semester (January 2024). These awards intend to increase equity and diversity in the recruitment and retention of library workers in the state of New Jersey who identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, North African, and/or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

To consider your application, the NJLA Scholarship Subcommittee will require a completed online application with supporting materials (listed below) submitted no later than Friday, March 17th. All supporting materials must be provided digitally. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requested materials are received by the stated deadline. Supporting materials to be submitted in addition to the online application include:

  • A personal essay up to 500 words explaining your choice of librarianship as a profession. Remember, our review criteria seeks applicants who can demonstrate academic achievement, innovation, and leadership potential.
  • A resume or CV that includes your work and education history, along with any internships or volunteer work.
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (undergraduate and graduate). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and encouraged.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Share the link provided in the application with two individuals within your professional, business, or educational history who can comment specifically on your work ethic, academic achievement, innovation, and leadership potential. Applicants should ensure their recommender submits the form before the application deadline.

Please follow the file naming conventions provided on the online application when uploading supporting material.

All applicants must agree to be available for a virtual interview on Friday, April 14 or Monday, April 17, 2023.

To be eligible for our NJLA Equity Scholarships, you must:

  • Complete the online application with all supporting materials
  • Identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, North African, and Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
  • Be enrolled in an accredited program beginning no later than September 1 or Fall Semester with full or part-time status
  • Plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving NJLA Equity Scholarship funding
  • Live or work in New Jersey


Additional NJLA Equity Scholarship Benefits

  • Tuition assistance in two separate installments (September and January)
  • Access to NJLA’s lifelong learning network, professional development opportunities, and community building efforts
  • Two-year complimentary membership in NJLA
  • Complimentary NJLA Conference registration for two years
  • Professional development, training, and support from partners in the library ecosystem, particularly in relation to topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion


The NJLA Course scholarships will be $3750 each and the NJLA Equity scholarships will be $8500 each.

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Any questions can be directed to Dana Vocht, Chair of the Scholarship Subcommittee, at: [email protected]

Link to this page: https://www.njla.org/scholarship