Scholarship Grants

PAARL AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

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

  1. the provision of financial assistance to students ofBachelor of Library and Information Science program to help him/her finish the degree;
  2. the provision of financial assistance to academic or research librarians for the completion of his/her master’s thesis;
  3. thepromotion of professional growth among academic/research librarians; and,
  4. the recognition of 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:

  1. SCHOLARSHIP

Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) Program

Purpose

To provide opportunities financially challenged but deserving students to complete a bachelor’s degree in library and information science

Nature of grant

Consists of financial grant to cover tuition and/or miscellaneous fees for the lastsemester of the student’s final year

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 the last semester.

The recipient may avail of Php20,000.00to cover the student’s tuition and/or miscellaneous fees.

The Grant will be given in a form of reimbursement after the end the semester or school year.

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  1. be able to justify the need for financial assistance
  2. belong to the top 20% of his/her senior high school class with no grade lower that 80%
  3. must be enrolled in a BLIS program being offered a private university and is on the last semester of his/her final year
  4. not be a recipient of any other scholarship grants in the institution where he/she is currently enrolled

Documentary requirements

The following should be submitted:

  1. Letter of intent describing how the 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.
  6. Notarized affidavit to be executed by the applicant certifying that he/she has not been a previous recipient of any PAARL grant. Note that should any misrepresentation be found later, the grant shall be forfeited and the cash benefits, whichever is higher, shall be returned to PAARL.

 

Application process

Application should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

February and August of every year

 

 

 

Mary Polk Memorial Award

Purpose

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 academic or research librarian to acquire a master’s degree in library and information science.

Nature of grant

Consists of reimbursement of payment of tuition fees for nine units every semester until the student completes the academic requirements for the master’s degree

Limited to one recipient per year

Eligibility

Applicant must be currently or previously employed in a college/ university library or a research institution for five (5) years.

Must be an active PAARL member for five (5) years.

Criteria

Applicant must demonstrate the need for financial assistance in the pursuitof the master’s degree

Applicant must have been admitted to a master’s degree program in library and information science

Documentary requirements

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Letter of intent describing how the applicant meets the criteria and eligibility requirements, accompanied by an endorsement letter 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
  6. Notarized affidavit to be executed by the applicant certifying that he/she has not been a previous recipient of any PAARL grant. Note that should any misrepresentation be found later, the grant shall be forfeited and the cash benefits, whichever is higher, shall be returned to PAARL.

 

Application process

Application should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

February and August of every year

 

 

Graduate Thesis Scholarship Grant

Purpose

To foster a culture of research in academic librarianship

Nature of grant

Cash award of Php10,000.00 per student to be given in two (2) installments (i.e. 50% upon approval of the application and the remaining 50% upon submission of the approved copy of the thesis)

Limited to two recipients per year

Eligibility

Applicant must meet the following:

  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 its merit with emphasis on:

  1. Potential significance of the research in the field of academic librarianship;
  2. Originality and creativity;
  3. Validity of the methodology and proposed methods of analysis;
  4. Clarity and completeness of the proposal; and
  5. Presentation of a convincing plan for completion of the thesis within a reasonable amount of time.

 

Documentary requirements

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Letter of application, accompanied by the research proposal describing the research work to be undertaken, including its significance and the proposed methodology to be used;
  2. Schedule for completion;
  3. 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);
  4. Letter from the adviser endorsing the proposal;
  5. Curriculum vitae (with recent photo);
  6. An electronic copy of the final and approved thesis (for the 2nd tranche).
  7. Notarized affidavit to be executed by the applicant certifying that he/she has not been a previous recipient of any PAARL grant. Note that should any misrepresentation be found later, the grant shall be forfeited and the cash benefits, whichever is higher, shall be returned to PAARL.

 

Application process

Application should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

February and August of every year

 

 

Fellowship Grant

 

Purpose

To foster professional growth among PAARL members by providingsupport for their attendance/participation to local or international seminars/conferences

Nature of grant

Complimentary registration to any locally-sponsored seminar/conference. For international conferences, a maximum of Php15,000.00 may be granted to cover airfare or registration fee

Limited to two recipients per year

Eligibility

Applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  1. PAARL membership for the past five (5) years;
  2. Currently employed in an academic or research library; and,

 

Documentary requirements

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. Letter of application, accompanied by a copy of the invitation or program of the seminar/conference
  2. Notarized affidavit to be executed by the applicant certifying that he/she has not been a previous recipient of any PAARL grant. Note that should any misrepresentation be found later, the grant shall be forfeited and the cash benefits, whichever is higher, shall be returned to PAARL.
  3. Recipient must submit a post-conference/training report within two weeks upon return from the conference/seminar

 

Application process

Application should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

Anytime of the year

  1. Awards

 

 

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 Award

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

 

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 screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

 

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

 

Deadline

October 31 for the 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 Award

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

 

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.

Selection process

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

 

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

 

Deadline

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

 

Innovative Library Design Award

Purpose

To encourage libraries who are constructing 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 Award

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

Criteria

The library should demonstrate the following:

  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 screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

 

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

 

Deadline

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

 

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.

Nature of Award

Plaque of recognition, certificate, and cash gift amounting to P5,000.00 to be given during the annual General Assembly.

Only one outstanding academic/research librarian award is given every year

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 similar organizations.

 

Selection process

Nominations should be addressed to the Awards and Scholarship Committee which conducts the screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

October 31 for the 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 Award

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

Three (3) awards may be given; one for Luzon, one for the Visayas and one for Mindanao

Criteria

The nominee should possess the following:

  1. Consistent recognition for service as an outstanding academic or research librarian;
  2. Demonstrated remarkable leadership in service to the association, in various capacities as president, officer, board member, or speaker/resource person in various PAARL seminars, conferences, and fora; and
  3. 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 screening process and submits recommendation for the Board’s approval

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

October 31 for the 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 Award

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

Criteria

For this award to be given, the recipient must:

  1.             have completed his/her term as PAARL President;
  2. have shown exemplary and meritorious leadership in the organization;
  3.             have completed the term as Ex-Officio President and PAARLNet Chair;
  4.             have provided guidance, while at the same time, allowed freedom for the Board members to plan and coordinate their own activities and programs.

 

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Deadline

November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors

 

 

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 Award

Plaque of recognition, certificate, and a token/gift amounting to Php10,000 for the first prize; certificate and Php7,000.00 for the second prize; and, certificate and Php5,000.00 for the third prizes, to be awarded during the annual General Assembly.

Criteria

For this award to be given, the research work must demonstrate the following:

  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:
    • takes into account the extent to which the research is useful in the promotion of the profession;
    • deals with problems facing the profession, locally/worldwide

 

Fund source

PAARL Scholarship Fund or Private Sponsor

Selection process

Nominees to be determined by the Publications Committee. Selected papers should be presented in the concluding session of the Marina G. Dayrit Lecture series, usually scheduled in November of every year

Deadline

November 30 for submission to the Board of Directors

 

Revised Nov2019

Awards and Scholarship Committee 2019