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PaLA MLS Scholarships, Tuition Discounts & Continuing Education Grants

PaLA offers scholarships for PaLA personal members, who are MLS students and complete at least three credits at an ALA- accredited school during the course of the scholarship year to apply for scholarship support.

PaLA members also get discounted rates with Drexel University, and are eligible for Continuing Education Grants.

MLS Scholarships (deadline May 15)

Three Pennsylvania Library Association MLS Scholarships are available to Pennsylvania Library Association individual members who are seeking a Masters degree in the Library Science field that will earn them professional status. These  $1,500 awards require that at least three credits must be completed toward the degree during the scholarship year.

Verification of enrollment in an ALA accredited graduate program and three references are required. The online application [linked here once available] will be available to PaLA individual members who are Pennsylvania residents or work in Pennsylvania.

Tuition Discounts for PaLA Members

Online Degree and Certificate Programs are offered at a discounted rate through Drexel University. For more information, visit the Drexel website. Not a member? Join now!

PaLA Annual Conference Scholarships

Grants to attend the PaLA Annual Conference are awarded annually. Find out more!

Continuing Education Grants

The Pennsylvania Library Association awards grants to personal members for continuing education and for programs leading to state certification as a Library Assistant or Provisional Librarian. Not a member? Join now!

The application may be submitted to the Scholarship Committee at any time during the year and the awards will be announced promptly after committee consideration.


  • The recipient must be a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association
  • Students may not use Continuing Education grants toward credit for a Master's level degree.


To be considered for one of these awards, the applicant must submit the following three items:

  1. A letter stating his/her purpose for the continuing education.
  2. A letter from the individual's immediate supervisor, documenting the value of this specific continuing education.  Included in this letter must be an evaluation of the applicant's work performance.
  3. A description of the course or institution as provided by the sponsoring agency.



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