ARSL Conference Scholarships

Each year the ARSL Grants, Awards & Scholarships (GAS) Committee accepts applications for four competitive scholarships to facilitate attendance to the ARSL Conference. These scholarships are funded through generous donations to the ARSL Scholarship Fund by our members and supporters!

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ARSL 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Founders Scholarship for Early-Career Library Workers
Kirsten Huscusson, Macon County Public Library, Franklin, NC

Empowering Library Workers of Color Scholarship
Guadalupe Hererra, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Mount Vernon, TX

Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship for LIS Students
Maximo Arias, Banning Library District, Banning, CA

ARSL Angels Scholarship
Marsha Richmond, Lake County Library District, Lakeview, OR

Closed Scholarships

Manton Foundation Scholarships for New England Library Workers

The Manton Foundation is pleased to announce creation of this scholarship opportunity especially for the 2024 ARSL Conference! This scholarship will enable conference attendance for library workers from the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Previous conference attendees are eligible for this scholarship.120 awards will be available through this scholarship. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ARSL and non-ARSL members
  • Currently employed at a small and/or rural library (part-time or full-time) in the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Previous and first-time conference attendee
  • A degree or certification is not required for eligibility

Award:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Three nights stay in a conference hotel
  • $300 travel stipend

Dr. Bernard Vavrek Conference Scholarship for LIS Students

Available to both ARSL members and non-members currently enrolled in Library and Information Science (LIS) courses. This conference scholarship is named in honor of the founder of ARSL's precursor organization, the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Vavrek paved the way for the ARSL of today by dedicating his time to cultivating a fuller understanding of the uniqueness of small and rural libraries — a vision that guides our organization to this day.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current part-time or full-time student taking Library and Information Science classes
  • First-time conference attendee (not counting virtual attendance)

Award:

  • One year of ARSL membership
  • Complimentary registration
  • Three nights stay in a conference hotel
  • $500 travel reimbursements

Founders Conference Scholarship for Early-Career Library Workers

Available to ARSL members. This scholarship provides assistance for library workers with 1-5 years of experience in the field. These early-career library workers often have less access to professional development funding through their institutions, especially when they serve in non-director roles. ARSL is committed to supporting the growth of library workers at all levels, and this scholarship serves to sow the seeds of a strong profession for years to come.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ARSL member in good standing
  • Applicant has been working in a library career for 1-5 years
  • Currently employed at a small and/or rural library (part-time or full-time)
  • First-time conference attendee (not counting virtual attendance)
  • A degree or certification is not required for eligibility

Award:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Three nights stay in a conference hotel
  • Up to $500 travel reimbursements

The Empowering Library Workers of Color Conference Scholarship

Library workers of color have been, and in many places continue to be, given access to fewer opportunities for professional growth and advancement. Establishing this scholarship is part of ARSL’s ongoing commitment to cultivating an intentionally inclusive professional community that amplifies the voices and lived experiences of library workers of color while also acknowledging the persistent structural inequalities within our profession.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ARSL member in good standing 
  • Is a member of one or more marginalized and/or underrepresented ethnic, racial, or cultural identity groups (including but not limited to Black or African American; American Indian, First Nations, or Alaskan Native; Spanish, Hispanic, or Latine/a/o/x; Asian; Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, or other Pacific Islander; Middle Eastern or North African)
  • Currently employed at a small and/or rural library (part-time or full-time)
  • First-time conference attendee (not counting virtual attendance) 
  • A degree or certification is not required for eligibility

Award:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Three nights stay in a conference hotel

ARSL Angels Conference Scholarship

Available to ARSL members. The ARSL Angels scholarship gives ARSL members and supporters the opportunity to pay it forward and help members of their professional community access quality professional development opportunities that are tailor-made for small and rural libraries. Each year multiple Angels scholarships may be awarded, depending on the availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • ARSL member in good standing 
  • Currently employed at a small and/or rural library (part-time or full-time)
  • First-time conference attendee (not counting virtual attendance) 
  • A degree or certification is not required for eligibility

Award:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Three nights stay in a conference hotel

Recipient Responsibilities 

  • Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the entire conference. This does not include attending preconference workshops, which are not covered by scholarship funding.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to submit an article/blog post to ARSL about their conference experience for use on the website to advertise future conferences. The blog post, as well as any required receipts for reimbursement, are due within 30 days after conference attendance 
  • Recipients may be asked to serve on the GAS Committee the year following their award.

Third Party Funders 

Interested in providing ARSL scholarships? ARSL encourages third-party funders, such as vendors, to provide scholarship opportunities. If a third party chooses to fully cover the cost of a scholarship and asks ARSL to administer the selection, they will be allowed to establish their own award amount and selection criteria. The amount awarded will at minimum be equal to the conference registration cost. ARSL reserves the right to review and approve criteria used to select scholarship recipients. 

Iadditional third-party scholarships are offered for attendees that are dependent upon attending a particular session, ARSL will require the scholarship recipient to register for and attend the entire conference. Awards offered through a partnership with the ARSL organization or conference may have criteria set by the GAS Committee in conjunction with the funding partner. 

Past Scholarships

Ken Davenport Conference Scholarship for Mid-Career Library Workers
This scholarship, established in memory of tireless library advocate Ken Davenport of the North East Iowa Service Area, offered conference attendance support for library workers with 6-10 years of experience in the profession. It was first awarded in 2010 and sunset after the 2022 ARSL Conference.