RIPL 2016 Scholarship Application


Thank you for your interest in applying for the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) scholarship, sponsored by the Colorado State Library. Up to six scholarships are available.

For your convenience, listed below are the items that comprise the online Colorado scholarship application.

  1. Contact Information – Staff working in a Colorado public library
    • Name:
    • Library:
    • Title:
    • Email:
  2. Contact Information – Colorado resident currently enrolled in an MLIS program
    • Name:
    • MLIS Program:
    • Home Address:
    • Email:
    • Anticipated Graduation Date (MM/YY):
  3. Why are you interested in attending RIPL?
  4. What skills do you hope to gain or enhance through participation in the institute?
  5. How do you plan to implement the knowledge and skills gained at RIPL in your library? (Or, for MLIS students not currently working in a public library, please answer this question in terms of how you would implement the knowledge and skills in a future position at a public library.)
  6. How do you plan to share what you have learned with a) staff at your library and b) the Colorado library community? (Or, for MLIS students not currently working in a public library, please answer this question in terms of how you would share what you have learned with your fellow MLIS students.)

The recommended length of response for each question (#3-#6) is 150-250 words.

The scholarship application must be submitted via the online form. Please be aware that you cannot save your answers and return to them at a later time to continue working. Therefore, we strongly recommend writing your answers in a separate document and then copying and pasting them into the scholarship application.

For more information about the RIPL scholarship application process, please see View the rubric that will be used to evaluate scholarship applications here.

Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, November 13, 2015, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by mid-December 2015.

The RIPL scholarships are sponsored by the Colorado State Library.

Questions? Please contact:

Linda Hofschire
Research Analyst, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library


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LRS is part of the Colorado State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Education. We design and conduct library research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media to inform practices and assessment needs. We partner with the Library and Information Science program at University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education to provide research fellowships to current MLIS students.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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