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Library Science Scholarships

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 Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 Jury. Awarded [...] More

ALA - LITA/LSSI Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship 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 potential in, and a strong [...] More

ALA Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. Applicants must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Attend ALA-accredited master's program with [...] More

ALA David H. Clift Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Named for a former director of the American Library Association, the David H. Clift Scholarship is presented to students with the following requirements. Applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Attend ALA-accredited master's program with no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1st of year awarded.
    For more information, or to apply, please [...] More

ALA LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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 Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Must specialize in the field of library youth services and attend ALA-accredited master's program. No more than 12 semester hours toward MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1st of year [...] More

ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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 who is a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Attending ALA-accredited master's program with no more than 12 [...] More

ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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 who is a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Student must be attending ALA-accredited master's program with no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1st of year awarded. Recipients are [...] More

ALA Tony B. Leisner Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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: Applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is currently working in a library. Attend ALA-accredited Master's program with no more than 12 semester hours towards [...] More

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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. Students who are citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico and actively pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate degrees related to [...] More

ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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 Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada and must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander and must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. Must be enrolled in an accredited program and must [...] More

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 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 [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM 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. In order to apply, you must 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 [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate 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 United States. A minimum cumulative [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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.
    Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior (must plan on attending a HBCU) or an undergraduate students (must currently attend a HBCU); graduate students are [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry's most prestigious gatherings. In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. The student must [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

The Hubbard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/24/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • 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 accredited college or university or be a graduate of such an institution and must be accepted or enrolled as a student in a master's degree program at a library school [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

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