The Rita Torres / Bibliotecas Para La Gente Scholarship Fall 2017
Scholarship Deadline: OCTOBER 15th, 2017

Eligibility Requirements:

The candidate must provide evidence of cultural competency in the Latino community. Candidate can document cultural awareness through education, job and/or community experience in the essay or through reference letters.


The candidate must provide evidence of Spanish language proficiency. Candidate can document language proficiency through job and/or community experience in the essay or through reference letters.

YOU MAY ALSO SUBMIT completed application materials to (scanned recommendation letters are fine): Janice Garcia
by email at OR by mail at 2070 Radio Avenue #13, San Jose, CA 95125

If mailing, please send only via US mail. Do not send requesting signature at delivery.

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A 2-3 page personal statement describing work or volunteer experience with a Latino and/or Spanish speaking community. Describe the information needs of these communities in Northern California, and how the candidate can contribute to their information needs. Candidates should demonstrate their technological awareness by suggesting how technology may be used to provide services to the Latino community. Include a description of any leadership role in work/volunteer experience.
Two reference letters: One letter from a librarian who is aware of your work and/or community service and your desire to work in the library; a second letter from a community leader who knows your career goals, work and/or community service.
A recent resume that includes all library and related community service work.
*New students* must document application to the SLIS program through an acceptance letter and include their most recent college transcript.
*Current SLIS students* can submit unofficial transcripts from the MYSJSU account or a comparable graduate school portal.
Additional Requirements: The candidate must live in the Northern California region. A candidate applying to any accredited SLIS program must provide documentation of admittance to the university prior to distribution of scholarship.The scholarship recipient will attend a BPLG meeting for formal recognition and will be given partial payment of $1,000. Travel expenses to the meeting will be reimbursed. The remaining balance will be awarded at the end of the current Fall semester upon receipt of transcript documenting completion of units attempted.
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