The President’s Conference Scholarship

This scholarship was established in order to extend opportunities to participate in conference to member librarians who need financial assistance. The ACL Board of Directors has designated a specific amount to be used at the President’s discretion to cover in-person or virtual conference package costs for members who apply. Travel costs are not included. Applicants must be 2024 members of the Association of Christian Librarians to be eligible for consideration.

If you are applying for an in-person conference scholarship, please note that priority is given to those who have never attended a physical ACL Conference.

All applications must be submitted by Sunday, March 31. Scholarship applicants will be notified via email by April 6. If you are not selected for the scholarship, early bird pricing will be honored.

The Dorothy Spidell Conference Scholarship

For International ACL Members Outside the US & Canada

This scholarship, generously provided by the Dorothy Spidell CILA Fund, is dedicated to offering conference participation assistance for international ACL members. The scholarship structure alternates assistance for in-person registration in even years (2024, 2026, 2028, etc.) and virtual participation assistance in odd years (2025, 2027, 2029, etc.).

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be 2024 members of the Association of Christian Librarians (residing outside of the US or Canada) and practicing librarians (full or part-time) in an academic library or full-time students in graduate school of library and information science.

2024 Spidell Conference Scholarship Details

The Commission for International Library Advancement (CILA)  intends to award this scholarship to one individual for the purpose of attending the in-person ACL Annual Conference from June 9 to 12, 2024, at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Coverage of the cost of conference registration (On-campus Double Occupancy Package)
  • Contribution toward incidental travel costs, not exceeding $150 per day on arrival and departure days.

Eligible Travel Costs for Reimbursement:

  1. Transportation from the airport to the conference site (shuttle, bus, taxi).
  2. Meals on travel days.
  3. Tips/gratuities.

The CILA team will maintain regular communication with the recipient to ensure appropriate travel arrangements.

In the event that no in-person scholarship is awarded, CILA will consider using funds to provide scholarships for international member librarians applying for assistance with the virtual portion of the conference on June 25-26, 2024.

We encourage eligible individuals to apply for this valuable opportunity. All applications must be submitted by Friday, March 15. Applicants will be notified no later than March 25, 2024.