The Fairfax Library Foundation awards four different scholarships to current library staff and volunteers in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax, subsequently enhancing the level of service the library can provide. To date, the Foundation has granted over $325,000 in scholarships.
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Staff Development (Deadlines: January 15, April 15, and July 15)
Eligibility: Current employees and volunteers of the Fairfax County Public Library system, the Fairfax Library Foundation, or any Fairfax County Friends of the Library group.
Scholarships of up to $1,500 are awarded for either advance funding or reimbursement for registration costs, books and materials, and travel-related expenses to attend events which benefit the Fairfax County Public Library and/or the Fairfax Library Foundation including seminars, conferences, lectures, workshops, adult education classes, certificate programs, and college and university classes when not enrolled in a formal degree program.
Scholarships are awarded after careful consideration of the value of the event to the organization and the individual, the individual's potential for future work and/or volunteer service in the Library or the Foundation, and the individual's length of employment and/or volunteer service.
Since June 2002, 188 awards have been granted for a total of $66,862.
Undergraduate Scholarships (Deadline: January 15)
Eligibility: Individuals who live, work, volunteer or attend school within Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax.
The Foundation awards merit-based scholarships once a year to well-qualified individuals who have applied or been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in, an academic degree program. Individuals who are not employees or volunteers of the Fairfax County Public Library system or the Fairfax Library Foundation may be required to complete up to 60 hours of volunteer service within a 12-month period of the award.
The first awards for this scholarship were granted in April 2013, and 70 awards for a total of $89,600 have been granted.
Graduate Scholarships (Deadline: April 15)
Eligibility: Individuals who live, work, volunteer, or attend school within Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax
The Foundation awards merit-based scholarships once a year to well-qualified individuals who are enrolled in or been accepted into a graduate degree program in library science or a related field.
Graduate scholarships were first awarded in July 2002, and 61 awards for a total of $166,500 have been granted.
Post Graduate Level Staff Development (Deadline: July 15)
Eligibility: Current employees of the Fairfax County Public Library system or the Fairfax Library Foundation who have already complete a master's degree.
The Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to support the continuing education of employees who wish to obtain a post-master's certification or similar qualification.
This is the newest scholarship program founded in early 2015, and two awards have been granted for a total of $2,647.