The Fairfax Library Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established to enhance the capability of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) staff and volunteers to deliver high quality service to the citizens of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax by assisting in their development. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year to well-qualified individuals. The Scholarship Committee may consider awarding additional scholarships dependent on the availability of well-qualified candidates and funds. The award is for an amount up to $1,500, and it is a merit-based scholarship.
Undergraduate scholarships are funded both by the Foundation’s fund-raising activities throughout the year and through a partnership with the Rotary Club of Burke, Virginia, an affiliate of Rotary International. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs doing good all over the world. This network of clubs makes up Rotary International.
The undergraduate program does not focus solely on applicants who intend to pursue a library career – any career choice is eligible for consideration. The program does, however, seek to accomplish some library-related objectives such as:
- fostering a greater awareness of libraries and the opportunities they provide for employment and volunteer service,
- providing volunteer assistance to libraries from award recipients as they complete any volunteer service required, and
- creating a nexus between the Fairfax Library Foundation, the financial assistance they provide through the scholarships and their mission which is to provide supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library System.
The application for an undergraduate scholarship must be received by April 15 and is available to:
- Current employees and volunteers of the FCPL System.
- Residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax who complete an application to perform volunteer hours in the FCPL System; upon receipt of a scholarship, up to a maximum of sixty (60) hours during a 12-month period may be required.
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information.
Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis without regard to race, gender, religion, age, physical disability, or sexual orientation. The Scholarship Committee considers the merit of each application carefully and factors evaluated will include:
- Academic excellence in high school, college or university courses,
- Specific competencies or characteristics that show their potential for academic excellence, and
- Potential to work or volunteer in a library environment, public or private.
Each applicant will be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision within four (4) to six (6) weeks of the closing date. Scholarship Committee decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
The Foundation is seeking additional sponsors and partnerships to increase the number of opportunities for scholarship awards under its Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available for both graduate and undergraduate studies, as well as continuing educations courses and events. Interested library customers, companies, corporations, private parties and other interested groups should contact the Foundation for further information.