In 2000, Miss Fine left a generous bequest to the DCLA Student Loan Fund to assist future librarians. The bequest, supplemented by contributions from DCLA members, has been used each year since 2002 interest-free loans for library school students. The amount was raised to $6,000 per loan beginning in 2010. In 2019, DCLA will be awarding one $6,000 interest-free loan to a library or information science student.
Loans are awarded based on commitment to pursuing a professional career in the library/information science field, academic background, previous work experience, and financial need. Preference will be given to Washington, DC, residents or someone employed in the District of Columbia, but awards have been made to members who live, work, or study in the Washington Metropolitan Area as well. Awardees are expected to become active members of DCLA upon graduation.
To learn more and apply, go to Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loan.