PLS Leadership and Management Academy Scholarship

NOTE for 2018: This award will resume in 2019 after the restructuring of the LaMA program is complete; applications to the LaMA program iteself will be suspended after June, 2018 until further notice.

The Public Libraries Section believes in supporting public librarians and their pursuit to the lead in the field of public librarianship. For this reason, we are currently seeking applications for the 2018 PLS – Leadership and Management Academy Scholarship.

The Leadership and Management Academy is designed for mid-career library professionals interested in obtaining the practical knowledge and basic skills critical to becoming a ?library leader or manager. Applicants must either have five years of library experience and a Bachelor’s Degree or two years of library experience and an MLS.

In addition to these requirements, Eligibility Requirements also apply:

  • Must be a PLS Member at the time of scholarship application, and during LaMA enrollment.
  • Successful scholarship winner must complete NYLA LaMA Application Form
  • Current PLS Board Members are ineligible
  • Previous winners are ineligible

To be considered, applicants must submit the following:

  • A letter of support from current employer
  • Current resume or CV
  • A personal statement of no more than 2 pages single-sided describing your current role in public libraries, and your professional “vision” for furthering the mission of public librarianship in New York State.

The PLS – L&MA Scholarship will cover scholarship winner’s program registration costs ($800), and hotel and transportation costs up to $500 annually for the duration of enrollment; no more than three years. Scholarship winners will be responsible for hotel and transportation costs beyond three years enrollment. Total scholarship package is equal to $2,300 not to exceed. The 2018 scholarship winner will be able to attend their first Academy program in June, 2018 upon successful enrollment.

Application deadline is September 30, 2017. To apply, please email your supporting documentation as outlined above to: Please put “2018 PLS – Leadership Management Academy Scholarship” in the subject line.