The Rita Torres / Bibliotecas Para La Gente Scholarship

Scholarship Applications Open June 1st 2022

Bibliotecas Para La Gente (BPLG) provides up to $3,000 for scholarships for a new or a continuing Masters of Library and Information Graduate Student who has demonstrated an interest in furthering the goals of BPLG in providing library service to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.

Check back on June 1st 2022 for link to online application.

Apply: Please use the online form to complete and submit all application requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Eligibility requirements are being updated, please check back in the Spring.

Application Requirements:

  • Eligibility requirements are being updated, please check back in the Spring.


Additional Requirements:

  • The candidate must live in the Northern California region.

  • A candidate applying to any accredited SLIS program must provide documentation of admittance to the university prior to distribution of scholarship.

  • The scholarship recipient must provide evidence that they will become an active member of BPLG.

Scholarship Distribution Details : First disbursement of $1,500 will be given upon receipt of Spring/ Summer Grades ( mid August) and final disbursement of $1,500 will be given upon receipt of Fall grades (late December). Or a full distribution of $3,000 if completing the program in Spring or Summer of the same year.

About Rita Torres

Rita Torres was employed in 1976 as the first bilingual/bicultural librarian to head the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, a federally funded project that provided a full spectrum of Spanish language library service to the greater San Jose community. Spanish language library services were Rita’s passion and she worked with her staff and colleagues to provide Reference services, reader’s advisory, and children’s services for Spanish speaking library customers. Leaving the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, Rita moved on to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library as head of the newly created Foreign Languages Department and became the lead for the Collection Development team that grew collections to represent 80+languages. Throughout her career Rita has been a friend and mentor to the members of the community, and to the library assistants and librarians who learned and worked alongside her providing services to the Spanish speaking community. As a young professional Rita Torres joined Bibliotecas Para La Gente and volunteered with BPLG throughout her career. It is in honor of her commitment and work that the BPLG scholarship is named in her honor.