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Scholarship Committee Guidelines & Application


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In order to promote continuing education among its members, the Southern New England Law Librarians' Association will maintain a Scholarship Fund. From the resources of that fund, the Association will award scholarships to its members to help make possible attendance at meetings and institutes which entail a registration fee. There are three categories of awards listed below.  The category listed as Item 5 shall be known as the Barbara Karp Memorial Scholarship Fund.  All members are encouraged to apply.

1. The applicant must be a current member of SNELLA, with current year's dues paid, at the time the application is made.

2. Current Scholarship Committee members will be ineligible to receive awards during tenure.

3. Scholarships will be considered for those educational meetings of which SNELLA is a sponsor or co-sponsor, for the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries, and for institutes of continuing legal or library science education sponsored by professional associations or educational institutions.

4. One scholarship may be awarded for the annual meeting of AALL. Two scholarships may be awarded for institutes and/or SNELLA sponsored or co-sponsored programs every six months. The amount of the scholarship to institutes will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, in consultation with the Treasurer of the Association. Those amounts awarded may vary, reflecting the registration fee, location, and length of the meeting. No award shall exceed $500.00.

Under extenuating circumstances one institute scholarship award may be applied to a second AALL award in any given year.

5. The first category of award to be considered will be a scholarship(s) to those educational programs for which SNELLA is a sponsor or co-sponsor. No member will receive an award in this category more frequently than every third year. This category of award is the Barbara Karp Memorial Scholarship Fund.

6. The second category of award to be considered will be a scholarship(s) to institutes of continuing legal or library science education sponsored by professional or educational institutions. No member will receive an award in this category more frequently than every third year.

7. The third category of award to be considered will be a scholarship for the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. No member will receive SNELLA's award to the AALL Annual Meeting more frequently than every third year.

8. While no member will receive an award in each category more frequently than every third year, this restriction will apply separately to each category.

9. Applicants must complete the standard SNELLA Scholarship application. The application must be received by the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee one month prior to the registration date for institutes and SNELLA sponsored or co-sponsored programs. The application must be received two months prior to the earliest deadline registration date for the annual AALL meeting.

10. In selecting the award recipients, the Committee will consider the following factors:

a) officer, board member, committee chairman or member, speaker or other member activity in organizations such as AALL, SIS, LLNE, SNELLA, or other law librarian organizations
b) lack of financial assistance by employer
c) individuals new to law librarianship and/or SNELLA
d) demonstrated commitment to SNELLA or law librarianship
e) relevance of or expressed interest in the particular subject of meeting

11. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a scholarship.

12. If for any reason an award cannot be used as requested, or funds subsequently become available from recipient's employer, the award (or the unused portion thereof) will be returned to the Treasurer of SNELLA.

13. At the end of each year, the scholarship award program will be reassessed.

Dated: December, 1990;
Amended: October, 1992;
Amended: February, 1994.
Amended: April, 2003
Amended: October, 2004

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