Scholarships Supporting Future Librarianship

View list of 2020 DLA Scholarship Recipients

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View list of 2018 DLA Scholarship Recipients

View list of 2017 DLA Scholarship Recipients

The Delaware Library Association (DLA) offers scholarships to assist students enrolled in a library certification, ALA-accredited Master’s Degree, or Doctoral Degree program, as well as high school students wishing to pursue a career in librarianship or writing.

Contact Katie McDonough (katie.mcdonough AT, Chair of the DLA Scholarships, Awards & Citations Committee, or any member of the Executive Board with questions.

DLA Scholarships

Library Certification, Master’s, or Doctoral Degrees
Helen H. Bennett Scholarship | three $5000 scholarships available
Grace Estelle Wheeless Scholarship | two $2000 scholarships available

Due Date: April 19, 2021
DLA Scholarship Application Form 2021 (use for both)

High School Juniors and Seniors
Linda Walge Penman Scholarship | $1000
Due Date: April 19, 2021
Application Form: Linda Walge Penman Application 2021

Other Scholarship/Incentive Opportunities

MLA/DLA Conference Scholarship
Sponsored by the DLA Social Justice Committee and CRLD
To help serve our goal of social justice, the Social Justice Committee, in partnership with the College and Research Libraries Division (CRLD), will sponsor up to four (4) DLA members from underrepresented groups to attend the MLA/DLA Conference 2021. These groups might include but are not limited to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), people in the LGBTQ+ community, religious minorities, or people with disabilities. We are especially interested in applicants without institutional support for professional development.
Due Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Awardees will be notified by Wednesday, April 14 and will be announced at the DLA Business Meeting on Friday, May 7 at 8 AM.

Delaware Department of Education, Higher Education Office
Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Program
Amount: Varies
Due Date: TBD
Application Information

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Student Assistant Scholarship, 2020-2021

Amount: TBD
Due Date: April 26, 2021
Scholarship Information

Awards & Citations