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Student Scholarship Award

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to offer two different methods of supporting student librarians:

1) An academic scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science. Additionally, free full conference registration is included and encouraged.

2) A conference subvention award for attending the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room are included.

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 scholarships to promising students with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, and 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 who 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

AJL membership is not required for 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
  • Graduate library school programs in Israel

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 and/or conference subvention should submit to the Scholarship co-chair by May 26,2021:

  1. Completed online application or application form sent via email 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: May 26 2021

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

Past Recipients
2020 None awarded
2019 Academic Scholarship – Hannah Srour
Conference Subvention – Gail Robillard
2018 Canadian award – Katherine Gariepy-Saper
Academic award – Elena Hoffenberg
Conference subvention – Julie Botnick
2017 David Frankel
Abigail Jane Lyon
2016 Sophie Friedman
Emily Thompson
2015 Jemima Jarman
Elissa Sperling
2014 Marci Bayer
Ilya Slavutskiy
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)