Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA) invites applications for 2 (two) $500 scholarships for students in a library science program enrolled for Fall 2021:
1.     A PNC/MLA General Scholarship – one scholarship available
2.     A PNC/MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students – one scholarship available

To apply please review the eligibility criteria below and submit the required documents to: pncscholarship@gmail.com. Please note the additional requirement for the PNC/MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students listed in point #5 Eligibility Criteria.

The application deadline is: 11:59 pm PT, October 25, 2021

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Newly admitted or current student at any ALA accredited graduate library school (Fall 2021).
  2. Must be resident of US or Canada.
  3. Student must live in one the states covered by the PNC/MLA Chapter (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia).
  4. PNC/MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group, such as Black/African-American, Latinx, Asian American, Indigenous, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
  5. Virtual PNC/MLA conference attendance is be required. PNC/MLA conference registration will be covered by PNC/MLA. The conference is tentatively planned for November 4-5, 2021. More information will be available on the PNC/MLA website closer to the conference date.

To apply submit the following:

  1.  Include in the body of the email:
    • your name
    • email
    • US state/Canadian province in which you reside
  2. State in 1 or 2 sentences describe what health sciences librarianship means to you.
  3. State which scholarship you are applying for.
    • Applicants applying for the PNC/MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students will automatically be considered for both scholarships.
  4. If applying for the PNC/MLA Scholarship for Underrepresented Students, please state your ancestries or ethnic origins. Choose all that apply.
    • Note: As PNC/MLA seeks to evaluate and expand its outreach to students, we invite all applicants to voluntarily share this information with us.
      • Asian American
      • Black or African-American
      • Indigenous (North American Indian, Alaskan Native, First Nations, Mezzo-American)
      • Latinx
      • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
      • More than one ancestry or ethnic group
      • Other – please describe

5. Attach as a PDF:

    • A 250-500-word essay describing your career objectives and how your immediate academic plans will help you attain them.
    • Proof of enrollment – unofficial transcript, letter of acceptance, or confirmation letter from school office of student affairs.
    • Current resume or CV.
    • The following signed and dated affirmation:
I confirm that the information supplied on this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that misrepresentation may cause denial or withdrawal of the scholarship.  I further understand that PNC/MLA may use my name and photo for publicity in relation to this scholarship.

What to Expect:

  • The online application must be completed and all supporting documents received no later than 11:59 pm PT, September 16, 2021.
  • PNC/MLA will acknowledge applications upon receipt via email.
  • The recipient will be notified by October 16, 2021.
  • Formal announcement will be made at the PNC/MLA virtual conference. Student PNC/MLA conference registration is required. Cost (if any) will be covered by PNC/MLA.
  • A check for $500 will be sent to the recipients within 3 months of award announcement.
  • Depending on the qualifications of the candidates, the committee may recommend that the scholarship not be presented in a given year.


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