Current Open Scholarships:

  • ILA Conference Scholarship: Click Here to Apply
    • Ten (10), $250.00 dollar scholarships are available to attend the ILA Annual Fall Conference
      • Susan Lerdal Memorial Scholarship - eight (8) available
      • Biblionix Public Librarian Scholarship - two (2) available
    • Applicants must be paid members of the Iowa Library Association AND meet at least one of the following:
      • Be attending their first ILA conference
      • Have worked in a Iowa Liubrary for fewer than three years
      • Be a library science student 

Applications for the Tillson Scholarship to the University of Iowa and ILAF Scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa are currently closed please check back around summer of 2021. 

Tillson Scholarship Information and Application Form - Libraries Studies, University of Iowa
Foundation Scholarship Information and Application Form - School Library Studies, University of Northern Iowa



Organized in 1983, the Iowa Library Association Foundation awarded its first continuing education grant of $250 just three years later.  Since 1986 the dollars awarded by ILAF have grown to more than $147,000.  The annual awards made by ILAF since 1986 have funded scholarships, continuing education workshops and the Endowed Speaker at the ILA Annual Conferences.

ILAF is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by current law.

Click here for information to donate and learn about the various opportunities for giving