Home > Awards & Scholarships > REFORMA Scholarship

REFORMA Scholarship

NOTE: Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016. The deadline for submission of the REFORMA Scholarship is midnight, March 15, 2016. The scholarship will apply to this coming academic school year, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

Thank you,
Mary A. Donley
REFORMA Scholarship Committee

REFORMA Scholarship Program for 2016

Download REFORMA Scholarship Application (Word format)
Download REFORMA Scholarship Application (PDF)

Who should apply?

Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for these scholarships. Must provide proof of enrollment to an accredited library school. Full-time status is not a requirement.

Since 1971, REFORMA has supported the active recruitment of bilingual and bicultural librarians to meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking community. The REFORMA Scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and enable Latinos and/or Spanish speakers to pursue or advance a career in Library and Information Science.

Title of Award : REFORMA Scholarship

REFORMA has established a scholarship to be awarded annually for the academic year, commencing in the Fall. The award is announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference and is granted for graduate study in the field of Library and Information Science.


$1,500 maximum. Number of scholarships and amount varies from year to year.


Open to students who qualify for graduate study in Library and Information Science who are Spanish-speakers or interested in serving Latinos or the Spanish-speaking. The scholarships are not restricted by age, sex, creed, national origin, or minority group/association membership.


Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in librarianship and the potential for high academic standing. Student applicants already enrolled in graduate school must have 2 semesters of work remaining before they get their degree.  They should also have grades of a B or better. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community.  The recipients must display character and leadership, which are essential for success both as a student and as a professional.

**NOTE: Before scholarship funds are disbursed, recipient must be accepted to an accredited library school and provide proof of enrollment.


Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application (Word or PDF)
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of reference from professors, employers, librarians or other professionals (excluding family) who are well acquainted with the applicant's educational background, intellectual abilities, and personal character.  Download a sample reference form
  • An official transcript, either graduate or undergraduate

Additional Information

Award recipients will be notified prior to the awarding of the scholarships. They will also be announced on the REFORMA Online Forum before the ALA Annual Conference in June. The REFORMA Scholarship MUST be used within the academic year following notification of the award, and the recipient must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school program. Students who have been awarded a scholarship but do not use it during the year for which it was awarded, must return the award and re-apply for the following year or later.

Please return the application and all correspondence postmarked no later than
March 15th, 2016* deadline to:

Mary A. Donley
REFORMA Scholarship Committee
PO Box 107
Voca, TX 76887

*Any application postmarked after March 15th, 2016 will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email Mary Donley at bubbabob42@gmail.com
Subject: 2015 REFORMA Scholarship Application


This page was updated on: 10/02/2015