Fulfilling the Promise Graduate
School Library Scholarships
"Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program"
An Institute of Museum and Library Services Federal Grant Award
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For an unprecedented fifth time the SL&IT program has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Fulfilling the Promise provides $999,940 for 48 scholarships and operating funds to recruit new school library leaders into the profession. Partners consist of the Chicago Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education. The three-year project, beginning spring 2011, highlights three goals:
- Recruit and graduate 48 new certified school librarians
- Improve persistence and academic success through active mentorship
- Highlight leadership throughout the curriculum
Fulfilling the Promise addresses a severe shortage of certified, highly qualified school librarians while developing leaders who will give back to the larger educational community. Scholarship funds may be used through the summer 2014, when the three-year IMLS grant program ends.
Scholarship recipients must be certified teachers enrolled in the School Library & Information Technologies program as degree plus certification seeking graduate students. Candidates will be judged on the degree to which they meet the following criteria and the quality and content of a one to two-page essay. Candidates do not have to meet every criterion.
- Uncertified School Librarians
- Diversity in the Profession– Ethnic and Male
- Under-served Geographic Communities
- Distance from a Library Science University
- Recruitment of a Principal/Administrator for the program below.
- Five week summer program
- Intended for school principals/administrators
- Focus on practical ideas to build support for school library programs
- Techniques and guidelines for evaluating a school library program
For additional information follow the link above (or on the side menu) to view our FAQ. For questions contact the SL&IT Department Chair, Cindy Keller.