Student Scholarship

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to announce a scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science.

Prospective candidates should have knowledge of and interest in Jewish studies, and demonstrate the potential, ability, and intention of pursuing a career in Judaica librarianship.

The Association of Jewish Libraries awards an annual scholarship to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based. AJL welcomes and highly encourages award recipients’ involvement in the organization through volunteer and mentorship opportunities. Awardees that attend the conference will additionally benefit from special programming geared toward first-time attendees and networking with librarians at all career stages and specializations.

Free full conference registration is included and encouraged. AJL membership is not required for eligibility.

Eligibility

You must provide proof of acceptance for the next academic year or proof of current enrollment in one of the following:

  • An ALA accredited library school in the United States or Canada
  • An accredited library school in either the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand
  • The graduate library school programs at the David Yellin College and at Bar Ilan University

Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via regular surface mail, will be accepted as documentation.

AND

Documentation showing

  • Completion of Jewish Studies courses at an academic level or
  • Extensive participation in less formal Jewish Studies or
  • Experience working in Judaica libraries or
  • Any combination of the above


AND

A short statement of 200/300 words highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science. The personal statement should be submitted through the application form.

Please note that you may apply for this scholarship more than once but you may receive it only once during your graduate library school career.

Applying for an AJL Scholarship

Students who wish to apply for this scholarship should submit to the Scholarship co-chair by April 15, 2016:

  1. Completed online application or application form sent via e-mail to scholarship@jewishlibraries.org.
  2. Documentation of acceptance or enrollment in one of the qualified graduate library school programs mentioned above. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form.
  3. Documentation of Jewish studies completed at an academic or less formal level or of experience working in Judaica libraries. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form, will be accepted as documentation.
  4. Personal statement as a Word, RTF or PDF document, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form to the Scholarship co-chair.

Please submit a short statement (200/300 words) highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.

Submit application and supporting materials online or send via e-mail to: scholarship@jewishlibraries.org.

FINAL DATE FOR SUBMITTING ALL ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION: April 15.

                                                            

Contributing to the AJL Scholarship Fund

Contributions to the scholarship fund are gratefully accepted. If they are bestowed in someone's honor or memory, a card will be sent to the individual or family. Checks may be sent to Sarah Barnard at this address:

     Sarah Barnard
     5646 Hunters Lake
     Cincinnati, OH 45249
     Phone: 513-405-2057


AJL Scholarship Recipients

 

2013

Joanna Chen
Alissa Felberman

2012

Rina Krautwirth
Joyce Wortsman

2011

Meira Chefitz
Rachel Bloch Shapiro

2010

Haim A. Gottschalk
Rachel Isaac-Menard

2009

Alla Markova
Klara Maidenberg

2008

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel (Brooklyn, NY)
Nachum Zitter (Doar Na Evtach, ISRAEL)

2007

Kimberly Guise (New Orleans, LA)
Russel Neiss (Oceanside, NY)

2006

Jennifer Feldman (New York, NY)
Ophir Kutner (Jerusalem)

2005

Shayna Rudolph (Hartford, CT)

Patti Stein (Alameda, CA)

2004

Maria Mander (Albany, CA)

Rivka Masry (Woodmere, NY)

2003

Laurie Adler (Woodmere, NY)

Rivka Schiller (Chicago, IL)

2002

Tina Weiss (Valley Stream, NY)

2001

Edythe Rosenblatt (Brooklyn, NY)

2000

Leah Cohen (Montreal, Canada), Randy Belinfante (New York, NY), Sara Ravid (Newton, MA)

1999

Susan Grubman (Ann Arbor, MI)

1998

Julie B. Halpern (Ashland, MA)

1997

Aimee I. Kaplan (Bayside, NY)

1996

LynnD. Lampert (Los Angeles, CA)

Stanley Nachamie (New York, NY)

1995

Yisrael Dubitsky (Staten Island, NY)

1994

Dr. Raphael Panitz (College Park, MD)

1993

Katrina Kolt (Malvern, Australia)

Sharon Rotter (Brooklyn, NY)

1992

Wendy H. Gabay (Philadelphia, PA)

Etta Gold (Miami, FL)

1991

Laurel Wolfson (Cincinnati, OH)

1990

None awarded

1989

Susan March (Los Angeles, CA)