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Not every field of study has as many organizations associated with it as library science. Through the American Library Association alone, you’ll find a great deal of library science scholarship opportunities devoted to helping minority librarians, students interested in graduate work in library science, or those looking to work with youth in library settings, among many other fairly specific categories. Library (or information) science is a growing field that is rapidly expanding to include study into technologies that can improve research strategies and the library experience. Some colleges even require sessions with professors in the library sciences as part of their general education curriculums to make their students better researchers and more knowledgeable about the information resources available to them on campus.

If you’re interested in a career in library science, there are a lot of options available to help you fund your college education. If you’re interested in more than library work and have a particular research area in mind, there could also be library scholarships dedicated to those research areas. The more specific your search, the better your chances to win scholarships, as the pool of applicants will be smaller. To view scholarship information for some examples of library science scholarships, click the links below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, either by major or otherwise, conduct a free college scholarship search.

AALL Graduate Scholarships for Non-Law Degree
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Educational scholarships are available from AALL to assist individuals studying to become law librarians with their educational expenses. Candidates may apply for more than one scholarship where appropriate. The following AALL Educational Scholarships are available each Spring. All scholarship materials must be received by April 1 in order to be considered by the Scholarship Awards [...] More

ALA - LITA/LSSI Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, established in 1994, is awarded annually by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc.

The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate [...] More

ALA Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship was named for a long time ALA staff member, who once directed the ALA Conference Services Office for more than two decades. This scholarship was funded with donations from Christopher J. Hoy and the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) to honor his memory.

Requirements:
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Attend ALA-accredited master's program
-No [...] More

ALA David H. Clift Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Named for a former director of the American Library Association, the David H. Clift Scholarship is presented to students with the following requirements:

-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Attend ALA-accredited master's program
-No more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1st of year awarded
-Personal statement

For more information, please visit our [...] More

ALA LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship, begun in 1999, is awarded jointly on an annual basis by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, and Informata.com. The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field, who plan to follow a career in that [...] More

ALA Mary V. Gaver Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Mary V. Gaver was established in honor of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor who made many contributions in library youth services.

Qualified recipients will meet the following criteria:
-Must specialize in the field of library youth services
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Attend ALA-accredited master's program
-No more than 12 semester hours [...] More

ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship was named for a long time ALA staff member (1944-1991) who was secretariat to the ALA Council and Executive Board.

To be eligible for this award, applicant must meet the following criteria:
-Library support staff currently working in a library
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Attend ALA-accredited master's program
-No more than 12 semester [...] More

ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Established with a donation from the founder of Quality Books, the ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship is offered to:
-Library support staff currently working in a library
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Student attending ALA-accredited master's program
-Student with no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1st of year awarded

For further [...] More

ALA Tony B. Leisner Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Tony B. Leisner Scholarship was established with a donation from an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Library support staff currently working in a library
-U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Attend ALA-accredited master's program
-No more than 12 semester hours towards [...] More

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
This annual essay competition was established in 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.

Students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and [...] More

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund operates exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes, especially in connection with the study, research and dissemination of information, with respect to records and information management and related fields. The Fund, organized in 1985, is supported by contributions from various chapters of
ARMA International, companies, individuals, and [...] More

ALISE Research Grant Competition
Application Deadlines:
The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its Research Grant Program Competition. An award of one or more grants totaling $5,000 may be made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science. The Research Grant Award cannot be used to support a doctoral dissertation. At least one applicant in a group [...] More

ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship provides financial assistance for the professional education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS degree and who plan to work in children's librarianship. This work may be serving children up to and including the age of 14 in any type of library. Two $6,000 scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship is made possible by ALSC through generous [...] More

American Library Association Century Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Century Scholarship will enable ALA to fulfill one of its most important missions: to bring diversity into the library profession so that the library profession reflects the diversity of the communities library professionals serve.

The annual $2,500 scholarship will fund services or accommodation for a library school student or students with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited [...] More

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and our organization. The aim is to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals [...] More

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs
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Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students [...] More

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB) Scholarship provides financial assistance for the education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. This work may be serving children up to and including the age of 14 in any type library. The scholarship is made possible by the Association for Library Service to Children [...] More

Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines:
Full tuition fellowships awarded to highly qualified applicants committed to addressing social justice and change in Urban School and Communities.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
-Be enrolled in the Master of Urban Secondary Teachers MUST program specializing in Math
-Commit to teaching in either Biology and Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Physics and [...] More

Cognizant Making the Future Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Cognizant Making the Future scholarship program recognizes today's inspiration as tomorrow's innovation. Cognizant is committed to preparing the next generation with the skills they will need to be active participants in an environment that will become increasingly dominated by technology. Making The Future is a design-based scholarship, and candidates will be required to submit video [...] More

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 08, Annually
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards prestigious scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy and outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The Elms College ElmSTEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time.

Eligibility:
-Be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College
-Be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical fields [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships
Application Deadlines:
George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. To apply for the George A. [...] More

Gladys Carol Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, current postsecondary undergraduates, and graduate level students who are United States citizens or permanent residents. They must be pursuing a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the U.S. for [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 03, Annually
The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars.

Categories:
-Graduating High School Seniors? (must plan on attending a HBCU)
-Undergraduate Students (must currently attend a HBCU)
-Graduate Students

For more [...] More

JASC-Nielsen STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
In recognition of the community's achievements and its enduring values, Nielsen supports the next generation of Asian American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with these two scholarships.

Eligibility:
-Applicant must be either a high school senior or currently enrolled as a student in a college or university
-Area of college study must be in either [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellows Toyota Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
Toyota is partnering with Rainbow PUSH Excel to provide $75,000 scholarships to 10 deserving engineering and business college students through the Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellows Scholarships. In addition to the scholarships, Toyota is offering these students the opportunity to work at one of their facilities across North America to gain valuable real-world experience, as well as be paired with [...] More

Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
Liberty Power, the nation's largest owner-operated retail electric supplier, is proud to announce the launch of the 4th annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. The scholarship is an ongoing collaboration between Liberty Power and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation. This partnership is focused on providing a collective $100,000 in scholarships over the [...] More

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, established in 1991, is awarded jointly annually by the Online Computer Library Center and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association.The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate [...] More

Mary Lily Research Grants
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Mary Lily Research Grants are for research using the collections held by the Sallie Bingham Center. Grant money may be used for travel to the Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. We strongly encourage applicants to speak with the public services librarian [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Eligibility:
-Must be a U.S. citizen
-The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students
-The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable for four (4) [...] More

NLM Associate Fellowship Program
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.

The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies [...] More

Roosevelt Archival Internships
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) offer Roosevelt Archival Internships to college and graduate level students. Preference may be given to students majoring in history, political science, archival, library, or computer/information science. Research skills, basic computer skills, familiarity with the Internet, and knowledge of Windows, Word [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 02, Annually
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students.

-Must be of Hispanic heritage
-Minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students
-Minimum of 2.5 GPA for college and [...] More

The Hubbard Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 23, Annually
The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made possible by the family and friends of Mr. C.S. Hubbard, an early supporter of libraries in Georgia. The purpose of the scholarship is to recruit excellent librarians for Georgia and provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science.

The recipient must:
-Be completing the senior year in an [...] More

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Eligibility:
-High school diploma or GED must be from a Washington State high school or institution
-Must be a [...] More

ZONTA Women in Science Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

Library Science Scholarships

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