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Types of Scholarships and Grants

Student Scholarships (Fall) - intended to promote interest in the profession of law librarianship among library school students. It will be awarded to one or more students whom the Scholarship Committee determines has indicated a genuine interest in the profession of law librarianship and is likely to pursue a career in law librarianship.

  • The Committee will advertise the Student Scholarship, in August, to ALA-accredited schools within the SEAALL geographic region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Virginia, District of Columbia, and West Virginia.
  • The recipient(s) will also be given a one-year membership in SEAALL.
  • Guidelines for Selection:
    • Be a student registered at an ALA-accredited library school who resides within the geographic area covered by SEAALL, and who will continue as a student for another semester or quarter.
    • Completed application must be received by the stated deadline.
    • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from teachers and/or employers with the application.
    • Submit a personal statement that indicates a genuine interest in the profession of law librarianship with the application.
    • Submit a resume with the application.
  • In selecting scholarship recipients, the Committee will consider the following factors:
  • Genuine interest in the profession of law librarianship as a career, evidenced by:
    • the personal statement
    • the resume
    • letters of recommendation
    • relevant work or internship experience
    • relevant course work
    • relevant professional activity
  • Service Requirement: Student scholarship recipients are required to write a newsletter article about a topic the student learned about in library school or in an internship, preferably a topic that relates to law librarianship.

Lucile Elliott Scholarship (Spring) - provides financial aid for any purpose reasonably designed to improve one’s career in law librarianship. Part of the purpose of these awards is to encourage recipients to remain in the profession.  

  • Guidelines for Selection
    • Five points will be deducted for each SEAALL scholarship previously received by an applicant.
    • In selecting scholarship recipients, the Committee will consider the following factors:
      • Length of membership in SEAALL:
        • The Chapter wishes to encourage the participation of its newer members (3 years or fewer).
      • Participation and service to the law library profession
        • Demonstrated by participation in committees, sections, programs, projects, etc. of professional associations.
      • Intended use of scholarship - Scholarships may be used to provide financial aid for any purpose reasonably designed to improve one’s career in law librarianship. Preference shall be given for attending any activity sponsored by SEAALL.
      • Lack of financial assistance from employer.\
      • Letters of recommendation from a SEAALL member (but not from a member of the Scholarship Committee) and from applicant’s supervisor or a major client.
    • Service Requirement: Lucile Elliott Scholarship recipients are required to write a newsletter article in The Southeastern Law Librarian or to volunteer for a SEAALL committee.
    • The Committee will use the New Member and Continuing Member Score Sheets found in the appendix of this handbook.

Kathryn P. Mattox Memorial Scholarship (Spring) - provides funds to enable SEAALL members to attend AALL and SEAALL Annual Meetings

  • In selecting scholarship recipients, the Committee will consider the following factors:
    • The Committee wishes to encourage the participation of its newer members (3 years or fewer), although no official preference will be given to this group in selecting award recipients.  One award will be reserved for a student SEAALL member (assuming that a student applies and that his/her application warrants selection for an award).   
    • Participation and service to the law library profession.
    • Demonstrated by participation in committees, sections, programs, projects, etc. of professional associations.
    • Lack of financial assistance from employer.
    • Letters of recommendation from a SEAALL member (but not from a member of the Scholarship Committee) and from applicant’s supervisor or a major client.
  • Service Requirement: Student Scholarship recipients are required to write a newsletter article. The Southeastern Law Librarian or to volunteer for a SEAALL committee.

AALL Annual Meeting Grant (Spring) - provides the cost of full registration at AALL to a SEAALL member.

  • Completed applications are due on the last Friday in February.
  • Amounts and date when funds are required by the end of February.
  • Service Requirement: Annual Meeting grant recipients are required to write a newsletter article in The Southeastern Law Librarian or to volunteer for a SEAALL committee.

CONELL Grant (Spring) - provides the cost of CONELL registration and the cost of staying in a hotel for one night to a SEAALL member.

  • Service Requirement: CONELL grant recipients are required to write a newsletter article in The Southeastern Law Librarian or to volunteer for a SEAALL committee.

Committee Procedures

  • Chair e-mails completed applications and ranking forms to committee members within a week of the application deadlines.
  • Committee members return ranking sheets to Chair within 2 weeks.
  • Chair resolves any ties and/or schedules a meeting to resolve any outstanding issues.
  • Service Activities:
    • Recipients are required to accept or reject the award in writing and choose preferred service activity (serve on a committee or write a newsletter article) within 2 weeks of receiving the award.  Service activity requirements vary according to the type of scholarship or grant awarded.
    • Recipients choosing to volunteer for a SEAALL committee should submit a ranked list of three committee preferences.
  • Upon confirmation of service activity:
    • Notifies the VP/President-Elect of recipients choosing committee service.
    • Notifies the newsletter Editor of recipients choosing to write articles.
  • Chair will notify the Treasurer of scholarship recipients, addresses, amounts and date when funds are required.
  • Chair will monitor committee expenses/revenue during the year.


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