Awards, Grants & Scholarships

REFORMA offers several awards, grants, and scholarships.


Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award

The Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award recognizes a librarian who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of librarianship, promoted and advocated services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and made outstanding contributions to REFORMA. Award: a $500 stipend, free registration to the next REFORMA Conference, and a commemorative plaque.

Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award

The Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended period (20+ years) of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino and the Spanish-speaking communities. Award: a $500 stipend, free registration to the next REFORMA Conference, and a commemorative plaque.

Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.


Día Mini-Grants

REFORMA awards up to 5 mini-grants of $500 to support Día programs that celebrate Latino/x/é culture in the month of April.

Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants

REFORMA awards up to 10 mini-grants of $500 to support Noche de Cuentos programs between the months of September and December.

National Program Grants

REFORMA awards up to $500 to active chapters and at-large members to support projects or programs that further the mission of REFORMA.


REFORMA Scholarship

The REFORMA Scholarship is for graduate students in Library and Information Science who are Spanish-speakers or interested in serving Hispanics/Latinos or the Spanish-speaking. Maximum scholarship amount: $1,500.

Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship

The Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship is for those pursuing a degree in children's or young adult librarianship. Maximum scholarship amount: $1,500.

Partnership Grants

Careers in Libraries for Immigrants (2021)

Integrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project is a one-year pilot project to introduce refugees and immigrants to the library professions through a self-paced mini-course entitled, Careers in Libraries for Immigrants (CILI). Funding has been provided by ALISE. The REFORMA Education Committee has partnered with the REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Prince George’s Public Library System, and Montgomery County Public Libraries for this project.

Building Bridges Across Cultures (2019-2022)

Rural Library & Social Wellbeing Project (2018-2021)