The Friends of the Cranford Public Library are offering the Gerard Paradiso Scholarship to a Cranford resident who is currently pursuing or intends to pursue a graduate degree in library information science or media specialist. Named in honor of former Friends of the Library President Gerard Paradiso, the scholarship is worth $1,000. The award is not based on need. The candidate must furnish proof of acceptance to an accredited university, a letter of reference, and an essay. Applications will be available at the Cranford Public Library reference desk beginning March 1. Completed applications should be mailed to The Friends of the Cranford Public Library, P.O. Box 400, Cranford, NJ 07016. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.