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 (5932 Timber Ridge Dr, Ste 101; Prospect, KY 40059).

The 2020 Scholarship for Minority Students application deadline is October 1, 2020.

Click here for details and to download the application.


In 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.

The 2020 Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship application deadline was June 1, 2020.

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