Call for Applications: 2022 Diversity Scholarship Award

The MLA Diversity Scholarship Award Committee is now accepting applications for the 2022 MLA Diversity Scholarship Award. This scholarship award, funded by the membership of MLA, offers students from under-represented groups the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS) with financial support. Once again, we are delighted to offer two Diversity Scholarships this year!

The goal of the scholarship is to recruit students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups into music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education. Students who have applied to or are enrolled in an ALA-Accredited MLIS program with a concentration, certificate, or courses in music librarianship are eligible to apply for the MLA Diversity Scholarship Award.

The winners of the award will each receive:

  • A tuition stipend of $3,000.
  • Career guidance provided by the MLA Career Advisory Service.
  • Gratis student membership in MLA for one year.
  • Gratis registration for the MLA annual conference.
  • Committee recommendation for the MLA Kevin Freeman Travel Grant for possible travel support to attend an MLA Annual Meeting. Please note that the award winner must still apply for the Freeman award for consideration.

To apply, submit:

  • A personal statement (not to exceed 750 words) summarizing your musical background and interest in music librarianship.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume. 
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be submitted via email). References could be professional contacts, teaching faculty, or supervisors who can speak to your strengths as a candidate for the scholarship.
  • Proof of student status upon enrollment in an MLIS program (For current students: enrollment verification from student online account, an email from graduate advisor, or copy of term bill/course enrollment for Fall 2022 is acceptable). 

Send application materials to Ellen Ogihara, Chair of MLA Diversity Scholarship Award Committee (egogihara at gmail. com). Applications received by Friday, July 15, 2022 will be given first consideration.