The Begun Scholarship

California Library Association

Named in memory of former librarian Betty Begun, this scholarship supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children's or young adult librarians in a California public library.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Be a graduate student pursuing a master degree
  • Minimum GPA:
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Residence:
    Be permanent US residents (or US citizens) and permanent California residents
  • Citizenship:
    US citizens (or permanent US residents)
  • Major/Career:
    Be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's of library and information science or information studies program
  • Miscellaneous:
    Must show evidence of a commitment to becoming a children's or young adult librarian in a California public library
  • Other Benefits:
    Aside from the cash award, recipient will also receive a one-year student membership to CLA, and will be honored at the CLA annual conference. The recipient is also encouraged to enroll into CLA's Mentoring Program.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Essay:
    Include a brief description of coursework taken that relates to youth services (maximum 500 words); Describe your interest in and commitment to youth services librarianship (maximum 1,000 words); Biographical statement
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Two letters of recommendation, both of which must be specific to the scholarship (at least one of the two letters should be from a library school professor; letters that are not specific to the scholarship will not be considered)
  • Other Materials:
    An official record of master's-level courses completed to date

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