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Scholarships & Grants

The Catholic Library Association offers opportunities for members to advance in the library profession primarily through its quarterly publication, the Catholic Library World, and through its annual convention held concurrently with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in the spring. Scholarships and grants, which provide incentives as well as affirmation to those who render service to the library profession in general and to CLA in particular, are presented at the annual convention.


Rev. Andrew L. Bouwhuis Memorial Scholarship

Awarded each year for graduate study toward a Master's Degree in Library Science. Application deadline is February 1st. Recipient of the $1500 scholarship is chosen by the CLA Scholarship Committee. The award is presented at the Association's annual convention.

Janice Dees of Gainesville, FL who will be pursuing her Master of Library Science degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Sister Sally Daly Memorial Grant

Established in 2007 in honor of Sister Sally Daly. Grant of up to $1500 provided by Junior Library Guild for attendance by a new CLA member at CLA’s annual convention. Application deadline is December 1st. Recipient is chosen by the CLA Scholarship Committee.

Paula Ivy of Tomball, TX and Michelle Coates of Metairie, LA are the 2013 recipients of this award.

John T. Corrigan, CFX Memorial Continuing Education Grant

Re-established in 2008 this grant is intended to assist chapters of Catholic Library Association in their mission of providing quality continuing education opportunities to their members. Chapters receiving Corrigan Grant funds must submit a written evaluation of their approved program to the Scholarship & Awards Committee of Catholic Library Association within ninety days after the program is held.

Heritage Fund Complimentary CLA Membership

To share the benefits of membership in Catholic Library Association with interested librarians or educators. This offer is available for up to four individuals who have never been CLA members. The winners will be announced at CLA's annual business meeting on April 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Application can be found by linking here.

Former Scholarships

World Book Award


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