2017 Scholarships Supporting Future Librarianship

View list of 2017 DLA Scholarship Recipients

The Delaware Library Association (DLA) and the Friends of the Newark Free Library offer scholarships to assist students enrolled in an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science program (or library certification program) and high school students wishing to pursue a career in librarianship or writing. These scholarships are named for librarians and a library supporter who made lasting contributions to librarianship in Delaware.

Contact Molly Olney-Zide (, Chair of the DLA Scholarship Awards Committee, or any member of the Executive Board for questions. Please visit the Awards & Citations page for more opportunities.

DLA Scholarships

Master’s Degree in Library Science Students
Grace Estelle Wheeless Scholarship | $1200
Helen H. Bennett Scholarship | $1200
Charlesa Lowell Scholarship | $1200
Due Date: December 1, 2016 — Closed for 2017
Application Form: DLA Scholarship Application Form (use for all three)

High School Students
Linda Walge Penman Scholarship | $500
Due Date: December 1, 2016 — Closed for 2017
Application Form: Penman Scholarship Application Form

Other Scholarship/Incentive Opportunities

University of Delaware Library
Library Student Assistant Scholarship

Amount: $750
Due Date: April 25, 2017
Application information:
Application Form: UD Scholarship Application Form

Delaware Department of Education
Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Program
Amount: Varies
Due Date: View website for more details
Application Information:

The Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians
Amount: Three (3) $1,500 travel grants
Due Date: September 30, 2016
Application Information:

View List of 2016 DLA Scholarship and Award Recipients