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Scholarship, Award, and Grant Information

Scholarships

SLIS Scholarships for Current Students - Applications will be accepted March 1 - 30. 
 
Scholarships have been endowed or donated by faculty, students, alumni and friends of SLIS and are awarded based on academic merit. 
 
MLIS students must have successfully completed the four required core courses (LIBR200, LIBR202, LIBR203, LIBR 204); have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; and cannot be in their last semester in the program. 

MARA students must have successfully completed the technology workshop  and either: MARA 200 and MARA 204 OR MARA 210  and one  MLIS elective; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; and cannot be in their last semester in the program.

Interested students should complete and submit the SLIS Scholarship Application Form.  Applications will be accepted between March 1 and March 30. Scholarship recipients are notified beginning the third Monday in April. View names of recent past SLIS Scholarship recipients. Also listen to scholarship winners.
 
Scholarships Awarded by SLIS
  • Alumni & Friends Scholarship, endowed by the SLIS Alumni Association to provide two scholarships for SLIS students, at $2,000 each
  • ARMA (Golden Gate) Scholarship: Only for students in the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. Must be in the program as part of a going back to school plan to further their career in the field. One scholarship at $1000; one scholarship at $500.
  • ARMA (Silicon Valley Chapter) Scholarship  Only for students in the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. Applicants must have successfully completed one semester in the MARA program. Two scholarships at $500 each.
  • Blanche Woolls Spectrum Scholarship, endowed in honor of Dr. Blanche Woolls, former professor and director from 1997-2005, $1,000 for a student already holding a Spectrum scholarship from the American Library Association.
  • Connie Costantino Scholarship, Funds provided  by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Connie Costantino, SLIS faculty member, 2004-2009, recognizing her tireless efforts to educate future librarians and improve library services around the world,  Two scholarships at $1,000 each.
  • Faculty Scholarship, endowed by the SLIS Faculty to provide an annual scholarship for a SLIS student, $1,000.
  • Graduate Student Scholarship. Funds from donations. Students cannot be in their first semester. Two scholarships at $2000 each
  • H.W. Wilson Scholarship, endowed by the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Two scholarships at $1,000.each. 
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Librarianship Scholarship, endowed by Kaiser Permanente to support candidates interested in a career in medical librarianship and health informatics, $1,000. 
  • Librarian Opportunity Scholarship endowed by Diana Lee Morabito and Keith Ball in support of the important part played by libraries in their life and education. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need.  $1000.
  • NewsBank Scholarship,  Funds provided by Newsbank to support students interested in fields related to NewsBank's enterprise such as information retrieval and digital information resources,  Two scholarships at $1,000 each.
  • Robert Ellett Scholarship. Funds provided by Janice Wakimoto in memory of Dr. Robert Ellett. Students must have completed a cataloging class (Libr 248). Two scholarships at $1000 each.
  • Ruth Finegold Scholarship.  Funds to support a student resident in Northern Californa who wishes to work in public libraries: $1230
  • Special Libraries Association Silicon Valley Scholarship.  Two scholarships at $1000 each. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:  (1) Must be enrolled part time in the MLIS program; (2) Must be a SLA-SV chapter member;  (3) Should live within the SLA SV Service area; (4) Must submit a short essay on his/her interest in special librarianship as a career and anticipated contribution to the SLA Silicon Valley Chapter.
  • Terry Crowley Scholarship, endowed in honor of Dr. Terry Crowley, former SLIS professor specializing in reference and information services, $1,000.
Scholarships Awarded by SJSU
SJSU has over 900 general and departmental scholarships available, ranging from $100 to $2,500 per year. About one-half of these are awarded by the Financial Aid Scholarship Committee, and the other half by various academic departments on campus. For more information, please visit the SJSU Scholarships and the CASA Dean's Scholarship webpages.
 
Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies
Many library and information associations and organizations offer scholarships for library school students. See Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies for a partial listing with links to the sponsoring organizations. This list is not comprehensive. Students may wish to research other scholarship opportunities as well as consult this list. Many organizations — local, regional, and national — offer scholarship opportunities based on career goals, diversity characteristics, academic background, or research interests. A good resource for locating these organizations is the Associations Unlimited database available to SJSU students through the King Library. Application requirements, submissions, and deadlines vary depending on the sponsoring organization.  Friends of Leisure World Library offers an annual scholarship competition for Southern California SLIS students interested in a career in public libraries. While it is awarded by the Friends of Leisure World Library, it is administered by SLIS. See the scholarships page for details and eligibility requirements.  
 
 

Awards

SLIS Awards for Excellence for Graduating Students
SLIS honors graduating students yearly through awards for excellence in a variety of categories. Apart from the winner of the Ken Haycock award, all award winners receive a gift certificate and a citation.
 
Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for SLIS awards. Self-nomination is acceptable. Nominations can be submitted using the SLIS Awards Application form. The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ken Haycock Award is March 1.  For all other awards, the deadline is March 30. Award recipients are notified beginning the third Monday in April. View names of recent past SLIS Awards for Excellence recipients.
 
SLIS Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
The College of Applied Science and Arts (CASA) and SLIS honor alumni each year through the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. SLIS faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for this award. Self-nomination is acceptable. Nominations can be submitted using the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award application form. The deadline for the SLIS Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna for 2011-12 award nominations is February 17, 2012. The Award recipient is expected to attend the CASA award presentation on May 7, 2012. Expenses for attending the award presentation will be covered by SLIS.
 

Grants

Many library and information associations and organizations offer grants to encourage library school students' attendance at conferences and to support student research. Application requirements and deadlines vary, depending on the sponsoring organization. See grants for a listing of opportunities with links to the sponsoring organizations.
 

Other Funding

The California State Library offers the Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP), a competitive grant program that provides grants to public libraries and to county law libraries for tuition reimbursement to staff pursuing their Master’s degree in library and information studies. PLSEP is funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act grant funds. For more information, please visit the California State Library PLSEP page.

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We are grateful to all of our generous donors who make it possible for our School to continue offering student scholarships.