Diana V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship

The goals of the scholarship program are to offer librarians and/or staff members from all types of libraries an opportunity to learn new fundraising skills enabling them to increase funding to their libraries from public, private and corporate sources.

The LAMA Diana V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship, made possible through the personal generosity of Diana Braddom, is available to librarians and/or staff members from all types of libraries who have had no previous formal financial development training and have a genuine need for fundraising skills. Applicants must be employed by libraries that include but not be limited to public, academic, multi-type, school and special libraries.

Selection of a scholarship recipient is based upon these criteria and the applicant’s essay:

  1. Genuine interest, need, and motivation for library fundraising and development.
  2. Previously limited experience in library fundraising
  3. Quality of writing
  4. Clarity of content and form for required essay
  5. Persuasiveness of arguments
  6. Applicability to library settings
  7. Opportunities for fundraising in current position.

Write a 2-page, double-spaced essay addressing the following:

  1. Why do you seek training in fundraising for libraries? If you have already attended some fundraising seminars, what additional skills do you seek?
  2. What experience have you had in library fundraising?
  3. Have you been involved in any activities in your library that foster partnerships with business/community organizations?
  4. What do you plan to do with the fundraising knowledge that you learn from this scholarship?
  5. Essay will also take into account the Criteria listed above

Resume to be included with essay as part of application.

Recipients will complete a report to the FRFDS Chair within six months following Annual Conference that will consist of a tactical plan on applying the fundraising principles learned at FRFDS programs to the fundraising needs and goals of their library.

Number and Frequency of Scholarship
The scholarship will be awarded annually to two persons. If a suitable candidate is not found, no award will be presented. Scholarship amount will be a $1,000 stipend towards attending the Fundraising and Financial Development programs at the annual ALA conference.

Submission of Application
Submit application essay and resume in electronic form or hard copy by December 1, 2007 to:
Fred Reuland, Marketing Specialist
Library Administration and Management Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Fax: 312/280-5032
Email: freuland@ala.org

Presentation of the Award
The recipients will be notified by March 1, 2008.

The scholarship will be formally announced and recognized at the LAMA President’s Program at the Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

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