Diversity Scholarship

MLA will be accepting applications for its Diversity Scholarship Award. This scholarship program, funded by the membership of MLA, offers candidates from under-represented groups an opportunity to pursue the master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS). The current goal of the scholarship program is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education.

Students who have applied to or who are enrolled in an MLIS program with a concentration, certificate, or courses in music librarianship are eligible to apply for the MLA Diversity Scholarship Award.

The Award

The winner of the Award will receive a tuition stipend, the amount of which will be determined prior to the call for applications.

The awardee will receive career guidance provided by the MLA Placement Officer and programs at the MLA Annual Meeting, in addition to the Career Advisory Service.

Gratis student membership in MLA for one year.

Gratis registration for the MLA annual conference.

Automatic consideration for the MLA Kevin Freeman Travel Grant, for possible support for travel to and attendance at an MLA Annual Meeting.

To Apply

The 2020 award closing date will be July 12, 2019. The 2020 award amount will be $2500.00.

Submit a personal statement (not to exceed 750 words) summarizing your musical background and interest in music librarianship.

Submit a curriculum vitae and three recommendation letters. 

Submit proof of enrollment to the chair of the Diversity Scholarship Award Committee upon enrollment in a Master of Library Science.

Send application materials to: Treshani Perera (treshani.perera@uky.edu), Chair, Music Library Association Diversity Scholarship Award Committee.



2019: Ellen Ogihara

2018: Enrique (Ricky) Caboverde


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About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.