One of MASL’s goals is supporting opportunities for school library media staff at all levels to obtain advanced training, continuing education and professional growth. To that end MASL has been providing scholarships and grants to individuals pursuing degrees, taking courses, participating in workshops or conferences. Our scholarship fund was started by Walter J. Taranko -- one of several exceptional mentors MASL has been privileged to have during its history. In addition to supporting the development of our scholarship fund during his lifetime, Walter and a number of our other exceptional members have extended their legacy to MASL through scholarship contributions given in their memory that now provide the bulk of funding for this program.
Scholarships from the Walter J. Taranko Fund are available for degree work, courses, workshops and conference attendance.
General requirements for all MASL scholarships are:
•1. Applicants must be Maine residents, enrolled in a Maine based program, or employed in a
•2. Applicants must complete a MASL Scholarship Application
•3. Applications must be received at least one month prior to the beginning of the course, conference or workshop
•4. Applicants must provided evidence of enrollment in the course, workshop or conference for which a scholarship is being sought
•5. Successful applicants must wait two years before re-applying for a scholarship unless unusual need can be demonstrated
**Because the nature of course/degree work is quite different from workshops and conference programs there are specific requirements that apply only to individual categories.
For degree work :
•1. The applicant must be accepted into an associate, bachelor, master’s or doctoral degree program in a library related field
•2. Applicants must join or be a member of MASL
•3. Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation (Letters can be from an instructor, supervisor or Association member.)
•4. Applicants must provide a personal statement (500 words) describing their professional goals
•5. Scholarship monies are only available for tuition and required resources up to $1000
at the Association's discretion. The total depends on the number of applicants.
For course work used to pursue 071 certification:
•1. Applicants must be members of MASL at the time they make application.
•2. Applicants must be employed in a school library media center
•3. Applicants must provide a personal statement (500 word) describing how this course work will contribute to the attainment of 071 certification.
•4. Scholarships are limited to tuition and required resources up to $1000 at the Association's discretion. The total depends on the number of applicants.
For courses, workshops, and conference attendance in pursuit of professional development:
•1. Applicants must be a resident of Maine
•2. Applicants must be members of MASL
•3. Applicants must state the specific professional goal the course, workshop or conference experience will advance and provide evidence of that contribution after the event
•4. Applicants must share information gained from the course, workshop or conference by doing one of the following:
a. provide a session at an Association workshop or conference
b. write an article to be published in a MASL publication (including the MASL website)
c. make a presentation at a MASL Board meeting
5. The course, workshop or conference must be library or media oriented
6. Scholarship payments are limited to tuition and required resources for courses, registration, accommodations, transportation and meals served as part of the workshop or conference up to $1000 at the Association's discretion.The total depends on the number of applicants.
Once an application has been received it will be reviewed by the chair of the scholarship committee to verify that it meets the requirements for the scholarship program being sought. If the application is qualified it will be sent to the appropriate group for adjudication using the following criteria:
In the event that an application is not qualified for consideration by the scholarship committee the chair of the scholarship committee will return the application to the applicant with an explanation of the lacking element(s) and suggestions for appropriate changes the applicant could make to have the application reconsidered.
Once scholarship recipients have been chosen those recipients will be notified and provided with the necessary information to complete the process and receive their check. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified in a timely manner and encouraged to try again.
Payment of awarded scholarships will be made upon evidence of successful completion of the course, workshop or conference. Required documentation must be sent to the MASL office. It will be forward to the scholarship chair and Treasurer as appropriate.
For course work the requirement is an official certified grade transcript and expense receipts.
For workshops and conferences the requirement is a copy of the workshop or conference program and receipts for all covered expenses.
Click here for the scholarship application form Scholarship Form.pdf