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. Select CalRBS scholarships offer support to help cover the cost of attendance (lodging, airfare, meals, etc.). The deadline for scholarship applicants for the 2021 year is Friday, June 5th.
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, the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Kenneth Karmiole, and donors to the CalRBS Annual Fund.
Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit the course application form along with the following items:
- The supplemental scholarship form (page 4)
- A resume or curriculum vitae (no more than two pages)
- A statement of financial need. Explain why receiving this scholarship is necessary for you. If you are currently employed, please explain the likelihood of receiving institutional support for tuition, travel, housing, etc., or the circumstances that might preclude such support.
- A letter of recommendation. This letter should be sent to CalRBS directly via any of the methods listed above (e-mail, fax, snail mail–see address above). The person writing your recommendation should include the following sentence at the top of his or her letter: “This is a letter of recommendation for [your name], who is applying for a scholarship to California Rare Book School”.
Scholarships for 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 scholarship provides a tuition waiver for any one course offered by CalRBS. Students should check the appropriate box on the supplemental scholarship form and submit all of the other requirements listed above.