The The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) awarded 20 scholarships for this conference worth $14,760. RBMS and ACRL are grateful to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for a $6,000 grant to help fund these scholarships. Almost $4,000 in value came from donations from RBMS members to the Friends of ACRL fund for RBMS Scholarships. ACRL expresses its sincere appreciation to the groups and individuals who participated in this campaign. Their support enables RBMS to build the skills and capacities of the next generation to serve our profession.

Congratulations to the RBMS 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Brittany Adams, Wheaton College
Rebecca Bramlett, Florida State University
Joanna Chen Cham, University of California, Los Angeles
Julie Christenson, Ellis Library, University of Missouri
Loree Clark, UC San Diego
Samantha Crisp, Augustana College
Lori Dedeyan, UCLA Library Special Collections
Laura French, California State University, Stanislaus
Mary Haegert, Houghton Library
Anne Harding, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dana Hart, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Joi Jackson, Trinity Washington University
Annie Johnson, Lehigh University
Laura Douglass Marion, University of South Carolina
Colin McCaffrey, Yale University Library
Arielle Middleman, The Library Company of Philadelphia
Isabel Planton, The Lilly Library, Indiana University
Sara Powell, Simmons College
Rachel Sanders, Duke University
Andriana Yovcheva, Pacific University

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) offers scholarships to subsidize first-time conference attendance by professional librarians, qualified paraprofessionals, and students.

RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archives professions. Accordingly, several conference scholarships have been designated for applicants of underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. For more information about the RBMS commitment to diversity, please visit the RBMS website. If you would like to donate to the RBMS conference scholarship program, you may do so when you register for the conference, or separately through the Friends of ACRL Website. For the Friends site, please remember to indicate that the donation is for RBMS conference scholarships.

Full and partial scholarships are awarded. Full scholarships include a waiver of the conference registration fee (up to $280 for professional and paraprofessional ACRL members, and $125 for full-time student members) plus a travel and accommodation stipend. Partial scholarships provide complimentary registration and may or may not include a stipend.

Eligibility: All candidates must be: 1) Currently enrolled in a library, information science, or archival studies program; a graduate of such a program; OR currently employed as a paraprofessional in a rare books, special collections, or archives capacity and 2) Members of ACRL who have not previously attended an RBMS conference and who do not have sufficient institutional support to attend.

Deadline: All applications must be received by March 27, 2015.

To apply: Candidates must complete the RBMS 2015 Scholarship Application Form. We recommend you view the form, prepare your answers, and then return to the form to complete it. Answers for the longer questions may be cut and pasted into the form.

Requirements: Scholarship recipients are required to attend the whole conference and complete the conference evaluation. To help us ensure the ongoing improvement of the scholarship program, all scholarship winners will be required to submit a post-conference evaluation letter by July 31, 2015.

Notification: All applicants will be notified on or before April 24, 2014.