The Kentucky Library Association (KLA) offers two scholarship opportunities for graduate students entering or continuing their library education in an American Library Association (ALA) or National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited library school

The KLA Minority Scholarship was created to encourage minority students to pursue a career in libraries. By enhancing the diversity of the library profession, fresh perspectives can be gained for service to a growing, diverse patron population. Contributions to this fund are tax deductible. You can donate when you renew your KLA membership (online or via membership form) or make a check payable to “KLA Minority Scholarship Fund” and send it to the KLA Office (1588 Leestown Rd., STE 130-310, Lexington, KY 40511).

READ specialty license plateIn 2015, KLA formally launched the Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship.  Linda was a past President of KLA and the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA). As the director of the Logan County Public Library, she led the effort to establish a special library license plate to raise funds for educational scholarships and to increase visibility for Kentucky's libraries. This scholarship is funded through sales and renewals of the READ specialty license plate.

Apply for a Scholarship

The Kentucky Library Association Scholarship Committee is currently accepting applications for both the Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship and the KLA Scholarship for Minority Students. The due date for each application is July 1, 2023 Scholarship applications are available below. Address all correspondence to: King Simpson, Chair, KLA Scholarship Committee, email [email protected]; (270) 726-6129 ext. 103