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Call for Applications for Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship—Deadline August 20, 2015

Julia Blixrud,
photo by Keith Russell

To honor the memory and extend the legacy of long-time ARL staff member Julia Blixrud, ARL has established the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship, which will support the attendance of one master of library and information science (MLIS) student or recent graduate at the ARL Fall Forum, held in Washington, DC, in early October each year. The award recipient will receive a scholarship of up to $1,000 plus registration to attend the Fall Forum. This scholarship is supported by generous donations to the Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Fund.

Scholarship Components

The award covers the registration fee for the ARL Fall Forum as well as air and ground transportation and meals, up to a maximum of $1,000 per awardee. Awardees will be reimbursed for receipted expenses that must be submitted to ARL following the event.

Awardee Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a current MLIS student or a graduate who is within two years of graduation.
  • Exhibit evidence of being a creative thinker who is passionate about the topic of the ARL Fall Forum. The theme of the 2015 Fall Forum will be “Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.”
  • Demonstrate strong potential to contribute to the profession.

Scholarship Requirements

The scholarship awardee will:

  • Attend the ARL Fall Forum in early October.
  • Actively use social media to communicate about the Fall Forum during the event and write a blog post to be published by ARL about her/his participation after the event.


To apply, complete the online application form and upload your essay or visualization along with your résumé or CV. All letters of reference/recommendation must be e-mailed directly from a supervisor or professor to JCBfund@arl.org.

Applications and supporting documents are due to ARL by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Visit the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship webpage for application details.

More Information

Additional details are provided on the Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship webpage. If you have questions about the scholarship or the application process, e-mail JCBfund@arl.org.

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