2020 Audrey Friend Scholarship
Awarded to a Massachusetts student in a school library certification master's program.

Audrey Friend, a role model for library teachers entering the profession, is an original founder of our state school library association. Throughout her career, she promoted the role of library teachers and library programs as integral components of the teaching and learning process. She was a strong advocate of school public library cooperation and was inducted into the MLA Hall of Fame in 1998. She served as the MSLMA liaison to MLA and other educational organizations for over 25 years. This award honors Audrey’s dedication and selflessness.

DESCRIPTION: The Massachusetts School Library Association recognizes the importance of having certified library personnel in all schools and is aware of the ever-increasing costs of attaining the degree and/or certification necessary to become a library teacher. For this reason, MSLA wishes to demonstrate its commitment to our profession by sponsoring this annual scholarship award.

CRITERIA / ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be a Massachusetts resident currently enrolled in a school library certification master's degree program with plans to attend the college or university during the next school year. S/he should also have a demonstrated need for financial aid.

* Complete the online nomination form, below.
* A personal essay stating reasons for entering the school library profession.
* Resume including community service and education-related activities.
* Financial need information.
* A copy of the college or university acceptance letter or a letter from the program director.
E-mail all supporting documents by the deadline to awards@maschoolibraries.org.

AWARD: $500.00; one-year MSLA membership; paid registration for that year's conference. The committee may award up to 2 scholarships per year. The Awards Committee will notify administrators and send press releases to state and local newspapers.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Write an article for the MSLA Forum (coordinated with the MSLA Forum editors) and submit a photo for use on the MSLA webpage.

DUE DATE: January 15, 2020
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