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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 [...] More

ALA - LITA/LSSI Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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 [...] More

ALA David H. Clift Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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, please visit our [...] More

ALA LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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: 3/1/2020
  • 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 [...] More

ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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 [...] More

ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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.

    For further [...] More

ALA Tony B. Leisner Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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

ALSC Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to 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 working as leaders in the field of library and information science to best position libraries and institutions at the core of [...] More

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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: 2/13/2020
  • 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

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2019
  • Amount: $60,000
  • 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 Deadline: 4/5/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 [...] More

The Hubbard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/25/2019
  • 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

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Last Reviewed: April 2019