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Library Science Scholarships

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Enjoy research and having a variety of information at your fingertips, while helping others find the data that is much needed for them? Then library science, also known as library and information science, is the degree for you. Whether you enjoy public libraries which support your community, or academic libraries like those found on university campuses, library science provides an enriching background with great career opportunities. Also beneficial are the career opportunities that lie in law schools, medical schools, art organizations, hospitals, and public schools. Each of these environments needs librarians with the appropriate education to manage their information and guide those seeking specific data.

And, since a master’s degree is essential for library science students, the need for financial support is important as well. There is financial assistance available to you. Just like a large library full of valuable information, seeking scholarships and other financial aid to defray the cost of a higher education, takes guidance, research and perseverance.

Where to Find Library Science Scholarships

Obtaining scholarships to help pay for college expenses is a great option for any student because it doesn’t have to be repaid. Most colleges and universities offer a variety of scholarships for students, including those majoring in library science. Yet, the opportunities don’t stop on campus. Students can also find scholarships off campus through the many library associations which offer awards specifically to library science students.

Institutional Scholarships

Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, offers a variety of departmental scholarships through the School of Library and Information Science.

  • Dean’s Merit Scholarship—given to graduate students with a bachelor’s degree who have been admitted to the School of Library and Information Science graduate program. Amount awarded varies; however, it is typically equivalent to the tuition fees of a 3-credit hour course.
  • Ellison, Sallie Memorial Endowed Scholarship—awarded to a graduate student with interest in assisting students within minority communities. Other criteria include leadership skills, financial need, and good character traits. Amount awarded varies and typically is equivalent to the tuition fees of a 3-credit hour course.
  • Friends of the Roseville Public Library Scholarship—given to graduate students enrolled in WSU’s School of Library and Information Science program. Applicants must possess leadership qualities, and good character traits. Preference is given to those committed to serving libraries in the suburbs of Macomb County. Amount awarded varies each year and is typically the equivalent of a 3-credit hour course.
  • LIS General Scholarship—awarded to graduate students who demonstrate financial need, a good academic record, and leadership abilities. Award amount varies.

Other scholarships

American Library Association offers a number of scholarships, grants, and awards. Here are some examples:

  • Mary V. Gaver Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a Master’s of Library Science (MLS) degree. Amount awarded is $3,000.
  • Cicety Phippen Marks Scholarship—this scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,500 each year to a student pursuing a Master’s of Library Science (MLS) degree with a concentration in federal librarianship.
  • Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship—this scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a Master’s of Library Science (MLS) degree. Applicants must be planning to work in a library, servicing children. Award amounts vary.

The Medical Library Association offers some scholarships for library science majors looking to work at a medical library. The MLA Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to students enrolled in a master’s program at a library school. The MLA Scholarship for Minority Students awards up to $5,000 to a minority student pursuing a master’s program at an accredited library school. Minority groups include Hispanic, Asian, African American, Pacific Islander American, or Native American.

Tips about Library Science Scholarships

  • Start early. With so many library science scholarships available, you don’t want to miss out.
  • Know your deadlines! It is important to keep track of all scholarship requirements and deadlines so you submit all materials in a timely fashion.
  • Key words can make a difference. Note that when searching for library science scholarships, the library science major is often referred to as ‘library and information science’ at some universities and colleges.
  • Don’t rule out the campus financial aid office. Although, you should start with the library science department, school, or college, the financial aid office offers a number of general scholarships that may be beneficial to you.
  • Google ‘library associations’ to find the many scholarships offered to library science students. Some universities also provide links to outside scholarships worth checking out.

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