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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.

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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 Degree Candidate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2022
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Each year, the American Association of Law Libraries awards scholarships to assist individuals in meeting their educational goals in the field of legal information. Scholarships are available to assist individuals studying to become law librarians as either a library or law school student, or to library school graduates seeking an advanced degree in a related field. Preference is given to AALL [...] More

ALA Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To be eligible for the ALA Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship ,applicants must: be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident; attend an ALA accredited master's program; must not have completed more than 12 semester hours or one-third of the required semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of the year awarded; and must submit a complete application. For more information or to [...] More

ALA David H. Clift Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ALA David H. Clift Scholarship is offered to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program. Applicants must have no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

ALA LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial 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 field, and who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a vision in pursuit of library and information technology. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science [...] More

ALA Mary V. Gaver Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ALA Mary V. Gaver Scholarship is offered to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS specializing youth services in an ALA-accredited program. Applicants must have no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship is offered to an ALA or library support staffer who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program. Applicants must have no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • 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: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Tony B. Leisner Scholarship is offered to a library support-staff member who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program. Applicants must have no more than 12 semester hours towards MLS/MLIS/MIS prior to June 1 of year awarded. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2022
  • 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 U.S. Citizens and actively pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate degrees related to careers in information and [...] More

ALISE Research Grant Competition

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2022
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. For more information or to apply, [...] More

ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To be eligible for the American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship , applicants must: be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada; be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; and, must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or [...] More

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program In Math

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Boston University offers scholarships (through the Robert Noyce Program) for talented STEM majors and STEM professionals to become mathematics teachers. Noyce Scholars at Boston University receive 100% tuition support, a master’s degree and initial teacher licensure, and job-placement assistance. Eligible applicants must have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or related field, be legal US [...] More

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2022
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards 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. Applicants [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2022
  • 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

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2022
  • 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

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2022
  • 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. Applicant 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

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Since 2013, 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. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2022
  • 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

NLM Associate Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2022
  • Amount: $59,010
  • The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. Eligible applicants must have a Master's degree in an ALA-accredited library/information science program, earned by August of the year of appointment or within 2 years, and must be [...] More

Roosevelt Archival Internships

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Roosevelt Library seeks a summer intern to work in its Archives Department. The Library offers a limited number of paid internships in the summer and occasionally offers internships for credit during the spring and fall. Preference may be given to students majoring in history, political science, archival, library, or computer/information science. Current undergraduates, recent graduates, and [...] More

The Gates Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2022
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Applicants must be high school seniors from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American [...] More

The Hubbard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2022
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The purpose of the The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association 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 [...] More

ZONTA Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2022
  • 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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