Bibliotecas Para La Gente Library Tech Certificate Scholarship

Scholarship Applications will open again in 2023.

Bibliotecas Para La Gente (BPLG) provides a $500 scholarship for a Library Tech Certificate Student who has demonstrated an interest in furthering the goals of BPLG in providing library service to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.



    • Email a PDF version of the personal statement to It should be labeled with the applicant's last name.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The candidate must provide evidence of cultural competency in the Latino community. Candidates can document cultural awareness through education, job and/or community experience in the essay or through reference letters.

  • Reside in the Northern California Region. The Tech Scholarship has looser boundaries because only two other Chapters in California offer them, and eligibility is restricted to residents in their service area. The Scholarship Committee is happy to entertain questions about geographical eligibility.

  • Be enrolled or accepted in a Library and Information Technology program at an accredited community or another college in the state of California.

  • Intend to work in a library upon graduation.

Application Requirements:

  • A 2-3 page personal statement describing work or volunteer experience with the Latino and/or Spanish-speaking communities. Describe the information needs of these communities in Northern California, and how the candidate can contribute to their information needs. Candidates should demonstrate their technological awareness by suggesting how technology may be used to provide services to the Latino community. Include a description of any leadership role in work/volunteer experience.

  • Answer the following question: How do you plan to further the goals of BPLG in providing library service to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.

  • Letter of recommendation: 1 letter from a person who is aware of your work and/or community service and your desire to work in the library. This person need not be a library employee. The applicant may submit up to three letters of recommendation if desired.

  • A recent resume that includes all library and related community service work.

  • Transcripts from most recent or present educational institutions may be submitted for consideration.

  • In addition to the online scholarship application, please email a PDF version of the personal statement to It should be labeled with the applicant's last name.

Additional Information:

  • The committee reserves the right not to award scholarships if qualified candidates are not found.

  • The amount of each scholarship may change depending on available funds and the financial need of applicants.

  • Applications and all supplementary materials must be received by midnight on the submission deadline.