A limited number of scholarship awards are available to librarians, archivists, scholars, booksellers, collectors, graduate students, and others. All course applicants are eligible to apply. A scholarship award provides a tuition waiver for one CalRBS course. The recipient is responsible for any other expenses related to the acceptance of the scholarship and attendance at CalRBS. Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship submit a scholarship supplemental form, an essay, and a letter of recommendation along with the completed course application form.
In addition, there are two scholarship awards for applicants from specific fields. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation-Dr. Franklin D. Murphy Scholarship is available for art librarians, art historians, and students studying to enter these professions. The IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Scholarship is available for mid-career librarians/archivists who have been employed in a professional position for at least 3-5 years and who now have some responsibility for rare materials. These scholarships may be used for any course offered by CalRBS. They provide a tuition waiver for one course, and, for a recipient living more than 55 miles from CalRBS, up to $1,000 for travel expenses. Students who wish to be considered for either a Kress-Murphy Scholarship or an IMLS Scholarship should check the appropriate box/boxes on the scholarship supplemental form and submit the form, an essay, and a letter of recommendation along with the completed course application form.
Since its founding, the CalRBS scholarship fund has received support from the Ahmanson Foundation, the Book Club of California, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Golden Legend, Inc., the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the William Reese Company, SHARP, the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA, the UCLA Breslauer Professor Fund, the Zamorano Club, and donors to the 2012 CalRBS Annual Fund.
The IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Scholarship is a project made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the Primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.