Current Open Scholarships:


Applications for the Tillson Scholarship to the University of Iowa and ILAF Scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa are currently closed
Tillson Scholarship Information and Application Form - Libraries Studies, University of Iowa
Foundation Scholarship Information and Application Form - School Library Studies, University of Northern Iowa


ILA Conference Scholarship: CLOSED

  • 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 


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.

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