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About OLA Scholarships

The Oklahoma Library Association offers several scholarships to Oklahoma students wishing to further their careers in the library profession.

Current members of the Oklahoma Library Association who are also graduate students in a Library and Information Studies program are eligible to apply for one of three $750 scholarships awarded by the Oklahoma Library Association at the annual conference.

Basic Applicant Eligibility Criteria (as of the Spring semester the scholarships are presented at the annual conference):

  1. Must be an Oklahoma resident.
  2. Must be a current member in good standing of the Oklahoma Library Association. Membership must be current during the Fall and Spring semesters of application year.
  3. Must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  4. Must have completed at least six hours in a formal course of graduate study that will result in a degree or certification from an accredited institution of higher education in Oklahoma leading to librarianship as a profession. Must have at least one semester of graduate study remaining. Must still need to complete courses in the Summer or Fall semester after the scholarship is awarded.
  5. Must submit a formal application for consideration by the OLA Scholarship Committee.
  6. Must submit transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate studies completed to date.
  7. A personal interview with the Scholarship Committee or its representative(s) may be required.
  8. Must submit a current photo of yourself.

Application – Available December 15

Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship

In addition to the OLA Scholarships, the Association is proud to offer the Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $750. The Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship is available for someone currently working in an Oklahoma library returning to school to obtain a graduate degree leading to librarianship as a profession. The scholarship has been awarded each year at the OLA annual conference beginning in 2014. While applicants may apply for both the Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship and the regular scholarship for graduate study, only one scholarship per year, per applicant will be awarded.  The recipient of the scholarship would need to meet the Basic Applicant Eligibility Criteria as listed above in addition to the two following Criteria:

  1. Must be currently employed in an Oklahoma library
  2. Must submit an essay of no more than 750 words demonstrating their commitment to Intellectual Freedom and/or Public Libraries.

All of the applicants that are not selected for the Connie Van Fleet Memorial Scholarship will be included with and eligible for the general OLA Scholarships.

About Dr. Connie Van Fleet

Dr. Connie Van FleetDr. Connie Van Fleet began her library career as a Library Associate for the New Orleans Public Library, where she became Branch Head for the Napoleon Branch.  She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, an MLIS from Louisiana State University, and a PhD from Indiana University.  Her career as an educator and scholar at Louisiana State University, Kent State University, and the University of Oklahoma was dedicated to public library services, adult services in libraries, and intellectual freedom.  Professional recognition for Dr. Van Fleet's achievements include the American Library Association/Reference & User Services Association Margaret E. Monroe Adult Services Award, the Association for Library and Information Science Education ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence in Library and Information Science, and the ALISE Service Award.  She was President of ALISE during 2007-2008.  She was a member of the Oklahoma Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee from 2001 to 2013, serving as Chair from 2002 to 2005 and Co-Chair from 2005 to 2009.  She was also a member of OLA's Public Library Division from 2000 to 2013.   Dr. Van Fleet viewed the public library as an essential public good serving as a key resource for public learning and cultural edification.  She was a constant supporter of intellectual freedom and for many years organized OLA's annual challenged books exhibit.  Dr. Van Fleet was a mentor for countless students during her career as an educator, encouraging many preprofessional library employees to complete their master's degrees.

Application with Essay – Available December 15

Please contact Scholarship Committee Chair Joanne Huff, scholarship@oklibs.org, if you have any questions about scholarships and/or the criteria.

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