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ALAO Diversity Committee

Diversity Scholarship

Description and Application Guidelines

Updated February 5, 2014

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) values diversity in its membership, in the profession, and in future library professionals. For that reason, we offer a $1,500 scholarship to a promising student enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS program who exemplifies the qualities needed to ensure a diverse library workforce.

The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s bursar account for tuition at his or her academic institution. As the scholarship recipient, the student will receive a complimentary registration for ALAO’s Annual Conference, and one year of mentoring by a selected ALAO Member. Please note that your financial aid may be reduced if you are awarded the ALAO Diversity Scholarship.

Basic Criteria:

A qualified candidate will…

  • Be a full time or part time student enrolled in or recently accepted to an ALA-accredited MLS program, either on campus or via distance education, for the fall term following the call for scholarship applications.
  • Currently live in Ohio.
  • Demonstrate the following:
    • Potential in the field
    • Leadership ability
    • Diversity in one or more ways, including, but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, life experience, physical ability, and a sense of commitment to these and other diversity issues.

Application: Please submit the Scholarship Application Form (Word Format) provided by ALAO via email as an attachment by Friday, March 28, 2014 to

References: Two letters of reference are required. These references should be from individuals who can best address your commitment to diversity, your qualifications for graduate study, and your likelihood of success in a career in librarianship. Your letters of reference should be sent directly to the ALAO Diversity Committee Chair, preferably as an email attachment:

Diane Kolosionek

ALAO Diversity Committee Chair

Education & Urban Affairs Subject Specialist Librarian

Michael Schwartz Library

Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue

RT 110D

Cleveland, OH  44115-2214

(216) 802-3358


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