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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.

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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: 4/1/2023
  • 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: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ALA Christopher J. Hoy/ERT Scholarship is offered to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program.

    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 [...] More

ALA David H. Clift Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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.

    To be eligible, 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 [...] More

ALA LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 [...] More

ALA Mary V. Gaver Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 in an ALA-accredited program.

    To be eligible, 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 [...] More

ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ALA Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship is offered to a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program.

    To be eligible, 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 [...] More

ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ALA Tom & Roberta Drewes Scholarship is offered to a library support-staff member who is a U.S./Canadian citizen or permanent resident and is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited program.

    To be eligible, 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 [...] More

ALA Tony B. Leisner Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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.

    To be eligible, 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 [...] More

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • 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: 3/29/2023
  • 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: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. Throughout their generosity, the Association for Library Service [...] More

ALSC Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, the American Library Association affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services. The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships [...] More

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Enacting Curriculum Through Engaging Discourse (EnaCTED) Project (2018-2023) is a collaboration of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University and school districts in the Boston area. This program focuses on preparing teachers to design and use high quality mathematics curriculum and discourse-based instruction to support [...] More

Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Founded in 1920, Bound to Stay Bound Books is a third generation family owned business. To support the informational needs of society, the Bound to Stay Bound mission includes providing the best juvenile books, media products and related services to the libraries of North America, as closely matched to their needs as possible and as economically as possible. Throughout their generosity, Bound to [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • 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 must [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Elms College is a modern part of a living tradition established over 300 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph — a bold group of devout, progressive changemakers. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education animated by a community where all are welcome. Elms is a private college that strives to be accessible to all. We believe education is not an end in itself, but a path to discovering [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • 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: 3/31/2023
  • 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 accepted to or enrolled in a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) program at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university in the United [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2024
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior who plans on attending an HBCU or an undergraduate student who currently attends an HBCU). Graduate students who are [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The mission of the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is to acknowledge, support, and empower exceptional graduating high school seniors of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties by providing financial assistance for an education at their college of choice within Washington state. Over 1,000 of the most promising high school graduates from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have attended college [...] More

NLM Associate Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2024
  • 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: 3/15/2023
  • 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: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: $160,000
  • The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to exceptional student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid [...] More

The Hubbard Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2023
  • 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: 6/15/2023
  • 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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