ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Illinois Library and Information Science Training Grant
For many years, the Illinois State Library administered the highly successful Illinois Library and Information Training Grant Program, a competitive grant program which awarded academic scholarships to fifteen college graduates, each year. Scholarship recipients were selected based on a combination of academic achievement and a strong interest in pursuing professional careers as librarians. Since the program’s inception, over 500 students received tuition scholarships toward a graduate degree from one of the American Library Association-accredited library schools in Illinois. Unfortunately, beginning in 2012, budget constraints necessitated suspension of this grant offering. The State Library, however, remains committed to the value of these scholarships and is hopeful that this program will be reinstated at a future date.