Scholarship Grants

PAARL AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

REVISED 14 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

The Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) sponsors Award and Scholarship programs to promote academic and research librarianship, specifically:

  1. to provide financial assistance to a Bachelor of Library and Information Science student to help him/her finish his/her degree;
  2. to provide financial assistance to an academic or research librarian to finish his/her master’s thesis;
  3. to foster the professional growth of academic/research librarians; and
  4. to honor the accomplishments of academic/research librarians who made significant and remarkable contributions/achievements in the field of academic librarianship in the country.

These programs are as follows:

PAARL BACHELOR OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (BLIS) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

PURPOSE:

To give chance to financially challenged but deserving students to pursue bachelor’s degree in library and information science.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Consists of financial grant to cover tuition and/or miscellaneous fees for a maximum duration of four (4) years or eight (8) semesters. Only after completion of the program will there be a call for a new set of applicants for the grant.                         

The Program is limited to 4 students only, one each from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and is open to all Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) students in any level.

The recipient may avail a maximum amount of Php20,000.00 per school year or Php10,000.00 per semester (max of two semesters per school year) to cover his/her tuition and/or miscellaneous fees. The Grant will be given in a form of reimbursement after the end of every semester or school year.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant to the scholarship program:

  • must justify need for financial assistance;
  • must belong to the top 20% of their senior high school class with no grade below 80%;
  • must be pursuing a Bachelor of Library and Information Science degree from any private university in the Philippines;
  • must be enrolled for the current Semester with not less than fifteen (15) units; and
  • must not be a grantee of other scholarship sponsored by the same school.

To continue being eligible to receive the grant until he/she completes the program or graduates, a grantee:

  • must be able to maintain an above satisfactory rating or general weighted average;
  • must not incur a failing grade within the academic year; and
  • must not take a Leave of Absence (LOA).

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Awards and Scholarship Committee:

  1. Letter of intent describing how applicant meets the eligibility requirements;
  2. Endorsement from a former teacher or school administrator;
  3. Curriculum vitae (with recent photo);
  4. Copy of latest Income Tax Return of parent/s; and
  5. Proof of payment of tuition or miscellaneous fees.

DEADLINE:   A student may submit his/her application anytime within the school year.

 

PAARL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: MASTER’S DEGREE

PURPOSE:

Formerly the Mary Polk Memorial Award, this scholarship honors the life and accomplishments of Mary Polk, the first librarian of the University of the Philippines who started the first formal library science training program in the same university. Its purpose is to encourage an academic or research librarian to acquire a master’s degree in library and information science.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Consists of reimbursement for payment of tuition fees for not less than nine units every semester until she/he completes the academic requirements for the master’s degree.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must be a librarian currently or previously employed in a college or university library, or in a research institution, and must have had at least five (5) years of work experience as an academic or research librarian. In addition, she/he must be an active PAARL member for the past five years.

CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must show his/her need for a scholarship grant in his/her pursuit of a master’s degree.
  • Applicant must be admitted by a school offering a master’s program in library and information science.

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Awards and Scholarship Committee:

  1. Letter of intent describing how applicant meets the criteria and eligibility requirements, accompanied by an endorsement from his/her library administrator.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (with recent photo.
  3. Certificate of Employment
  4. Copy of latest Income Tax Return
  5. Proof of payment of tuition fee as certified by the school’s finance officer

DEADLINE:   February and August of any school year

 

GRADUATE THESIS SCHOLARSHIP GRANT

PURPOSE:

To foster research in academic librarianship by assisting two (2)graduate students in library and information science with their master’s theses.

 NATURE OF GRANT:

Cash award of P 10,000.00 per thesis student to be given in two (2) installments Grant: (50% upon approval of application, and remaining 50% upon submission of the approved copy of thesis)

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Completion of all academic requirements for the master’s program;
  2. Approved thesis proposal;
  3.    PAARL membership for the past three years; and
  4. Not a recipient of a similar thesis assistance or grant from any other organization or institution.

CRITERIA:

The proposal will be judged primarily on merit with emphasis on:

             a)   Potential significance of the research in the field of academic librarianship;

            b)   Originality and creativity;

           c)   Validity of the methodology and proposed methods of analysis;

           d)   Clarity and completeness of the proposal; and

 e)   Presentation of a convincing plan for completion of the thesis within a reasonable amount of time.

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must submit the following requirements to the Awards and Scholarship Committee:

a)   Letter of application, accompanied by a research proposal describing the research work to be undertaken, including its significance          and the proposed methodology to be used;

          b)   Schedule for completion;

c)   Budget and budget justification for items for which support is sought (such as printing and binding, statistical consulting, typing or         computer time, transportation, supplies, and similar expenses);

          d)   Letter from the adviser endorsing the proposal;

          e)   Curriculum vitae (with recent photo); and

          f)    An electronic copy of the final and approved thesis (for the 2nd tranche).

DEADLINE:   February and August of any school year

 

FELLOWSHIP GRANT

PURPOSE:

To foster professional growth by enabling two (2) PAARL regular members each year to attend local or international seminars or conferences.

 NATURE OF GRANT:

PAARL or Donor, may grant complimentary registration to any locally-sponsored seminar or conference, or in the case of attendance in an international conference, may grant the maximum amount of PhP 15,000.00 to cover transportation cost or registration fee.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund/Private Sponsor

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. PAARL membership for the past five (5) years;
  2. Currently employed in an academic or research library; and
  3. Not a recipient of a previous PAARL grant.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Any member of the Board may endorse or receive applications for screening of the Awards and Scholarship Committee, which in turn submits a list of qualified applicants to the Board of Directors for approval.

REQUIREMENTS:

Grantee must submit a report within one (1) month upon his/her return from said seminar or conference. The Board may also request the Grantee to conduct an echo seminar to its members.

DEADLINE:   Anytime within the year

 

ACADEMIC LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

PURPOSE:

To recognize librarians for their outstanding national contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development in the Philippines. Three (3) outstanding academic/research librarian awards may be given every year, one each from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition, certificate, and cash gift amounting to P5,000.00 for each awardee to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

CRITERIA:

Nominee should have demonstrated achievements in the following areas:

  1. Planning and implementing an innovative or a high-impact library program for an academic/research library;
  2. Significant and influential research on academic or research library service; and
  3. Service to the profession through PAARL and other related organizations.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE:   October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors.

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OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC/RESEARCH LIBRARY OF THE YEAR AWARD

PURPOSE:

To recognize an academic or research library for its outstanding national contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development in the Philippines.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition and cash gift amounting to Php10,000.00 given to the institution to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund/ other private sponsor

CRITERIA:

Nominee should have the following qualifications:

  1. exemplary contribution to academic and research librarianship;
  2. outstanding leadership in national/regional library development in the areas of library management, education and training, information and documentation services, etc.;
  3. commitment to information networking and linkages;
  4. commitment to PAARL’s objectives as demonstrated by its continued support and cooperation in PAARL’s activities and undertakings; and
  5. service to the organized profession through PLAI and/or other related organizations.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE:   October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors.

 

OUTSTANDING LIBRARY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR AWARD     

PURPOSE:

The award is given to an academic or research library in recognition of its outstanding library program that contributes to Philippine academic librarianship and library development in the Philippines.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition and cash gift amounting to Php10,000.00 given to the institution to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund/ other private sponsor

CRITERIA:

The library program must have a strong impact on the library community, be innovative, sustainable and may be replicated to other library communities, or institutions. organizations.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE:   October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

PURPOSE:

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest recognition given to an academic/research librarian as a hallmark of professional excellence.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition and a gift to be given during the Annual General Assembly

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

CRITERIA:

The nominee should possess the following:

  • Consistent recognition for service as an outstanding academic or research librarian;
  • Demonstrated remarkable leadership in service to the association, in various capacities as president, officer, board member, or speaker/resource person in various PAARLseminars, conferences, and fora; and
  • Distinguished lifetime professional career dedicated to the cause of Philippine academic librarianship for at least 30 years before retirement.                                                                                                                                               

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE:   October 31 for submission of nominees; November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD

PURPOSE:

To recognize the distinguished service of the immediate past president to PAARL and his/her contribution to academic or research librarianship or library development in the Philippines.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition, certificate, and a token/gift amounting to Php5,000.00 to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

CRITERIA:

For this award to be given, the recipient must:

●   have completed his/her term as PAARL President;

●     have shown exemplary and meritorious leadership in the organization;

●     have completed the term as Ex-Officio President and PAARLNet Chair;

●     have provided guidance, while at the same time, allowed freedom for the Board members to plan and coordinate their own activities          and programs.                       

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE: 

 

BEST RESEARCH AWARD

PURPOSE:

This is given to three professional librarians to recognize their research capabilities and their contribution to academic librarianship and or professional development.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of recognition, certificate, and a token/gift amounting to Php 10,000 for the first prize; certificate and Php 7,000.00 for thE second prize; and, certificate and Php 5,000.00 for the third prizes, to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

CRITERIA:

  1. Potential contribution of the research study (significance and relevance);
  2. Innovation and originality (i.e. shows high levels of creativity, fresh thinking and innovation in approach);
  3. Overall impact (it shows actual or potential impact);
  4. Special considerations:
    1. takes into account the extent to which the research is useful in the promotion of the profession;
    2. deals with problems facing the profession, locally/worldwide​.                       

DEADLINE: 

 

INNOVATIVE LIBRARY DESIGN AWARD

PURPOSE:

To encourage libraries who are building or renovating their libraries to introduce new concepts and integrate state-of-the-art designs which successfully combine exciting architectural expression, inspiring internal spaces and good functionality.

The award offers an opportunity to recognize excellence in library design (for new buildings, renovations, extensions, and refurbishments) to demonstrate the impact of such innovative library design on learning, teaching and research.

NATURE OF GRANT:

Plaque of Recognition and cash gift amounting to Php 10,000.00 given to the Institution to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

FUND SOURCE: PAARL Scholarship Fund

CRITERIA:

  1. Ideally the architectural design should have the ten key qualities of a good learning space, functional, adaptable, accessible, varied, interactive, conducive, environmentally suitable, safe and secure, efficient, and suitable for information technology;
  2. New space should also have “the wow" factor that excites and inspires; and
  3.  The library is an institutional member of PAARL to qualify for this award.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the search and screening process and submits a final list of nominees for the Board’s approval.

DEADLINE:   November 30