Financial assistance is available for a library school student to attend the annual SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA) conference. The purpose of the Scholarship is to offer an introduction to academic librarianship, provide professional growth opportunities and encourage involvement with SUNYLA.

The Scholarship is a voucher covering:

  • Travel (maximum $ 350) and lodging costs
  • Registration fees
  • Conference meals

You qualify if:

  • You are currently enrolled in a New York State ALA-accredited MLS program or its equivalent,  OR you are a NYS resident attending an ALA accredited library school online or in another state.
  • You have graduated from an MLS program within the last 12 months, but are not yet professionally employed in a library.

For 2024:

To apply, please provide a letter (1–2 pages) that describes how attending this particular SUNYLA conference will increase your understanding of the profession. In your letter, include one paragraph that describes a challenge or opportunity facing academic libraries that you are interested in learning more about. The letter will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Clear presentation of why attending this particular conference will benefit the applicant
  • Originality, creativity, and uniqueness of perspective
  • Ideas presented are well supported
  • Overall letter quality and tone, including appropriate business letter format

Please submit your application letter by March 25, 2024, via this online form:

The SUNYLA Scholarship Committee will review the letters and notify the recipient by April 15, 2024.

Questions? Contact the Scholarship Chair:

Morgan Bond
SUNY Oswego


Dan Kissane (May 23, 1963-November 19, 2004) was a Reference and Instruction Librarian at SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library.  He was an active and valued member of SUNYLA as well as other associations including the American Library Association.  For more information about Dan, please see an article written about him on page 18 of the February 2005 issue of the SUNYLA Newsletter.