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

The Día mini-grant program awards $300 to up to five public or school libraries to support a Día program that celebrates Latino culture.

Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants

The Noche de Cuentos mini-grant is to help libraries host programs that focus on oral traditions. It should be storytelling-based, with an emphasis on cultural literacy activities. The event should be held during the week of the spring equinox.

National Program Grant

The REFORMA National Program Grant is a grant of up to $500 awarded to an active REFORMA Chapter and Members-at-Large that wishes to apply for funds to work on a special project that benefits the Latino/Spanish speaking within their community.


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.

Sage & JCLC Inc. NALCo LIS Student Scholarship Program

The $2000 scholarship supports one student as they pursue a graduate degree (Masters, PhD) in Library and Information Science. The award winner will be required to write a 500 - 800 word blog post at some time during the school year articulating how the award benefitted them among other items (prompt TBD) to be posted on a Sage blog and any other location as requested by REFORMA.

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)