Here are the awards, grants, and scholarships available through MLGSCA:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Amount: None assigned
    • Description: To honor the significant lifetime achievements of an MLGSCA member who has made lasting contributions to the profession of health sciences librarianship beyond the scope of the local chapter.
    • Eligibility: Member of MLGSCA for at least 5 years and is a current member ending a distinguished career in health sciences librarianship.
  • Louise Darling MLGSCA Achievement Award
    • Amount: $500
    • Description: To honor significant contributions to health sciences librarianship, as well as to MLGSCA.
    • Eligibility: Member of MLGSCA for at least 2 years and current member at time of election.
  • MLGSCA Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award
    • Amount: $250
    • Description: To honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contribution library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.
    • Eligibility: A paraprofessional in a health sciences library (MLGSCA membership not listed as a criterion)
  • Professional Development Award
    • Amount: Awards range from $100-500
    • Description: To support professional development activities, including attendance at classes, conferences, and meetings.
    • Eligibility: Hold a graduate degree in library and information science, be a regular member of MLGSCA, be a practicing medical librarian with at least 2 years of professional experience, and have not received this award in the past 3 years.
  • Research Grant Application Information
    • Amount: $1,000 has been set aside for the awards program for the July-June fiscal year, with $500 being the maximum amount per award
    • Description: To support research that focuses on topics and issues in health sciences librarianship.
    • Eligibility: All applicants must hold current membership in MLGSCA. Student members of MLGSCA will be required to identify a practicing medical librarian or library school faculty member as a sponsor for their research project. Sponsors do not have to be members of MLGSCA. In exceptional cases, consideration may be given to outstanding research proposals submitted by individuals who do not meet these eligibility requirements.
  • Scholarship for Paraprofessionals in Health Science Libraries
    • Amount: $1,500
    • Description: To support the recipient's educational goals leading to the professional degree in librarianship.
    • Eligibility: Any individual who is enrolled in or entering an ALA-accredited master's program in library and information science who shows evidence of interest (through their application) in health sciences librarianship. The applicant must be currently employed as a paraprofessional in a health sciences-related library. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of either the United States or Canada.
  • Student Scholarship
    • Amount: $1,500
    • Description: To provide support during a library student's course of study. The scholarship funds can be used as desired by the recipient.
    • Eligibility: A regular or student member of MLGSCA. (A free student membership application may accompany the scholarship application.) Applicant must be enrolled in and actively attending an ALA-accredited master's degree program (e.g., MLS, MIS, MLIS) and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • AHIP First-Time Applicant Award
    • Amount: $135 or $200, depending on membership level
    • Description: Reimburses application fee for Academy of Health Information Professionals in order to encourage MLGSCA members to join AHIP.
    • Eligibility: Current member of MLGSCA and MLA, first-time applicant for AHIP at any level, and AHIP membership awarded, with documentation submitted and all fees paid to MLA.