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Begun Scholarship Application
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Application Instructions

At the time of application, applicants must:

  • be US citizens (or permanent US residents) and permanent California residents;
  • be a continuing student enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's of library and information science or information studies program (applications from students at institutions actively seeking accreditation are also welcome);
  • complete all core coursework by the end of the current academic year;
  • have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA; 
  • show evidence of a commitment to becoming a children's or young adult librarian in a California public library (students planning to become school librarians are not eligible).

How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to CLA:

  • an official record of master's-level courses completed to date (does not have to be an official transcript);
  • a brief description of coursework taken that relates to youth services (maximum 500 words);
  • two letters of recommendation, both of which must be specific to the scholarship (at least one of the two letters should be from a library school professor; letters that are not specific to the scholarship will not be considered);
  • a résumé (maximum two pages);
  • a brief biographical statement (maximum 125 words); and
  • a statement of intent: an essay describing your interest in and commitment to youth services librarianship (maximum 1,000 words).

Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: Begun_your last name_document (e.g.: Begun_smith_résumé; Begun_smith_letter of rec1).

Applications should be submitted using the online application form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Holly Macriss.