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Professional Development Grants & Scholarships

As part of our mission to support our members in meeting the challenges of providing quality library service to all South Dakotans, the association offers the following scholarships and grants:

  • Three Professional Development Grants of up to $450 each are available to assist South Dakota Library Association personal members with the costs of attending conferences, workshops, or other professional learning opportunities. These grants are designed for those who are already established in the area of librarianship.  Deadlines for applications are March 15 and September 15.    

          Online Application Form

  • Three Scholarships of up to $500 each are available to assist SDLA personal members with the costs of professional education in the field of librarianship. Deadline for applications is March 15.   

          Online Application Form

  • Three SDLA Conference Grants are available to defray costs of registration, travel and hotel expenses, plus costs of a substitute at the home library if needed. Grants of up to $400 may be awarded. Recipients must be personal members of SDLA. The deadline for SDLA Conference Grants is 45 days prior to conference.  

          Online Application Form


Additional details are available here: General Information and Application Procedures


If you have been the recipient of our scholarships or grants, make sure to fill out the evaluation form.                   Online Form


For questions. please contact the Professional Grants Committee Chair:

Brenda Hemmelman, MLS

Collection Services Librarian

SD Dept of Education/SD State Library

MacKay Building, 800 Governors Dr

Pierre, SD 57501


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