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Scholarship & Loan Committee

The Scholarship and Loan Committee assists Maine residents in furthering their library education and professional development. The Committee raises, manages and disperses funds for scholarships, loans and grants through the Ainsworth Memorial Fund. 

Did you know that you can use MLA student loans for a single academic course or training seminar? Did you know that you can use MLA loans for conferences and short courses as well as for degree programs? Did you know that the Student Loan Committee will be awarding four grants of up to $250 each for attendance at the next MLA conference? Contact any Committee member for more information and look here for updates regarding the Conference grants.

Scholarships and Loans Available

Phyllis E. Ainsworth Scholarship

Each year, a $2,000 scholarship is awarded to a Maine resident pursuing a graduate degree in library studies. The application deadline is May 31, 2017.
Guidelines l Application Form  


Interest free loans up to $2,000 are granted to MLA members enrolled in a degree program in library studies, or registered for continuing education classes or a single academic course or training seminar. Eligible candidates must be Maine residents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Guidelines | Application Form  


Four need-based grants of $250 each are given to librarians in Maine to defray the expenses of attending the MLA annual conference. Application deadline is one month before the annual conference.
GuidelinesApplication Form    

Completed applications for scholarships. loans, and grants should be submitted to:

Debbie Lozito
Edythe Dyer Community Library
269 Main Road North
Hampden, Maine 04444
Phone: 862-3550207.862.3550

Donate Today!

Donations to the Ainsworth Memorial Fund are greatly appreciated as they have a direct positive impact on furthering the library profession in Maine. Please consider making a donation today. Any amount, big or small!

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