Helen H. Bennett Scholarship

Scholarship History
Helen H. Bennett was Supervisor of School Libraries in the Delaware Department of Public Instruction. Mrs. Bennett was dedicated to the development and advancement of school library services and school librarians. She established a scholarship endowment and left her estate to the Delaware Library Association to support the training of professional librarians.

Three $5000 scholarships available

A student working for library certification, an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science, or a Doctoral Degree. The successful recipient agrees to work in a library in Delaware and will be a member of the Delaware Library Association. Preference will be given to those who are seeking careers as school librarians.

Application Deadline
April 1, 2024

Application Requirements

  • Submit a completed application form — Scholarship Application Form 2024
  • Final transcript from institution awarding baccalaureate degree.
  • Proof of acceptance into a library certification program, an ALA-accredited graduate program, or a Doctoral program.
  • Transcript of graduate courses already completed (if applicable).
  • Applicant’s Affirmation of Intention to Work in a School-Oriented Library in Delaware (if applicable).
  • Narrative statement of 500 words or fewer, including:
    • Specific documentation citing active participation in professional library organizations, library school activities, volunteer and work experiences, and any other related activities.
    • Personal philosophy of librarianship.
    • Personal future goals in the field of librarianship.

Katie McDonough, Chair, DLA Scholarships, Awards & Citations Committee
Email: katie.mcdonough AT lib.de.us

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