Scholarship, Award, and Grant Information

Scholarships for New Students

NEW! for Fall 2015
The SJSU School of Information is offering the Director's Scholarship for Excellence – five $1,000 scholarships for new students who begin the MLIS program in fall 2015 and five $1,000 scholarships to new students who begin the MLIS program in spring 2016. For more information about the Director's Scholarship for Excellence, please see: New Student Scholarships

Scholarships for Current Students

Scholarships Awarded by the SJSU School of Information
There are currently 24 iSchool scholarships awarding more than $27,000 annually. These iSchool scholarships are endowed or donated by faculty, students, alumni and friends of the iSchool, and are awarded based on academic merit. Current students in good academic standing are eligible for these scholarships. For eligibility and individual scholarship details, see the iSchool Scholarships page.
 
Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for awards. Self-nomination is acceptable. Nominations should be submitted using the iSchool Scholarships Application form. Applications for iSchool scholarships are accepted between March 1 and March 30. Scholarship recipients are notified beginning the third Monday in April. View names of recent past iSchool scholarship recipients. Also listen to scholarship winners.
 
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.
 
Diversity Scholarships
Library and information associations and organizations are committed to contributing to the creation of a diverse workforce through scholarships, fellowships, and recruitment programs to attract potential information professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds.  The Diversity Scholarships pages highlight many of these opportunities.
 
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 iSchool students interested in a career in public libraries. While it is awarded by the Friends of Leisure World Library, it is administered by the iSchool.
 

Awards

Awards for Excellence for Graduating Students
We honor 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.
 
For eligibility and individual award details, see the iSchool Awards for Excellence for Graduating Students page.
 
Faculty and students are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates for awards. Self-nomination is acceptable. Nominations can be submitted using the iSchool 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  Awards for Excellence recipients.
 

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 California public libraries and 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.