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Every two years, NCLA awards several scholarships at the biennial conference. Scholarships are awarded to students accepted to or already attending library school, as well as practicing librarians wishing to further their studies.  Applicants must be North Carolina residents for a minimum of two years and already been accepted to library school.  Academic excellence, potential for leadership, commitment to service and to librarianship in North Carolina, financial need, and at least two letters of recommendation will all be considered.

  • THE APPALACHIAN SCHOLARSHIP is a scholarship awarded to a library science student who plans to be a school library media specialist in NC. The recipient must be accepted or currently enrolled in a graduate library science school of education media program approved for certification by the NC State Board of Education.
  • THE QUERY – LONG SCHOLARSHIP for work with children or young adults.

The scholarship application period is February 1st through May 31st of the conference year.  Application and recommendation forms are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee in June and July.  Scholarship award winners are notified in August and announced at the annual conference in October.


Katy Henderson (Chair), Chatham County Public Libraries

Rachel Olsen, UNC Greensboro

Michele Lawrence, Perquimans County Library

Monica Young, Guilford Technical Community College

Shaunta Alvarez, Elon University

Kathy Vossler, Haywood County Public Library

The scholarship application period is February 1 - May 31, 2023.

Application and recommendation forms are closed for 2023, and all applications received are currently being reviewed by Scholarship Committee members. Scholarship award winners will be notified in August and announced at the conference in October.

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