REFORMA Scholarship Program for 2018


REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & INformation Services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking invites to the Scholarship Program 2018.

The REFORMA Scholarship is awarded to students who qualify for graduate study in Library and Information Science in addition to the general scholarships, students pursuing a degree children and young adult librarianship are strongly encouraged to apply for the Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018. The deadline for submission of the REFORMA Scholarship is midnight, March 15th, 2018. The scholarship will apply to this coming academic school year, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.
Download REFORMA Scholarship Application (PDF)

Who should apply?
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for these scholarships. The applicant must provide proof of enrollment to an ALA-accredited library school. Full-time status is not a requirement.

Since 1971, REFORMA has supported the active recruitment of bilingual and bicultural librarians to meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking community. The REFORMA Scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and enable Latinos and/or Spanish speakers to pursue or advance a career in Library and Information Science.

Title of Award : REFORMA Scholarship

Annual Awards
REFORMA has established a scholarship to be awarded annually for the academic year, commencing in the Fall. The award is announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference and is granted for graduate study in the field of Library and Information Science.

$1,500 maximum. The number of scholarships and amount awarded varies from year to year.


The scholarship is open to students who qualify for graduate study in Library and Information Science who are Spanish-speakers or interested in serving Latinos or the Spanish-speaking. The scholarships are not restricted by age, sex, creed, national origin, or minority group/association membership. Applicant must attend or plan on attending an ALA-accredited library school.

Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship and the potential for high academic standing.  Applicants already enrolled in graduate school must have two semesters of work remaining before they get their degree.  They should also have grades of a B or better. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community.  The recipients must display character and leadership, which are essential for success both as a student and as a professional. Preference is given to applicants who plan on serving Hispanic/Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community.  

**NOTE: Before scholarship funds are disbursed, recipient must be accepted to an accredited library school and provide proof of enrollment.

Application Procedures
Applicants must submit the following:
• Completed application ( PDF)
• Current resume
• Two letters of reference from professors, employers, librarians or other professionals (excluding family) who are well acquainted with the applicant’s educational background, intellectual abilities, and personal character.
• An official transcript, either graduate or undergraduate
More information about submitting the application is on the application, itself.

Additional Information
Recipients will be notified prior to the awarding of the scholarships. They will also be announced on the REFORMA online forum before the ALA Annual Conference in June. The REFORMA Scholarship MUST be used within the academic year following notification of the award, and the recipient must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school program. Students who have been awarded a scholarship but do not use it during the year for which it was awarded must return the award and reapply for the following year or later.

Please return the application and all correspondence no later than
March 15th, 2018* deadline to: with the subject 2018

Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.

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