Scholarship, Award, and Grant Information

The SJSU School of Information offers generous scholarships to both new students and continuing students enrolled in its Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. Eligible students may apply for 40 different scholarships with funds totaling more than $60,000. Additional scholarships are also available from San José State University and other agencies.

Scholarships for New Students

Director's Scholarship For Excellence
New students in regular session or special session are strongly encouraged to demonstrate their creativity and enthusiasm for the information profession by applying for the Director's Scholarship for Excellence. The $1,000 scholarships are available to five new students enrolled in the MLIS or MARA program. For eligibility and scholarship details, please see: New Student Scholarships

Special Session Scholarships
A total of 13 scholarships worth $1,422 each are available to new students in special session. The funds will be applied to course fees during the first semester they are enrolled in the MLIS or MARA program. For eligibility and scholarship details, please see: New Student Scholarships

Scholarships for Current Students

Endowed & Donated Scholarships
Generous scholarships have been 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. Applications for iSchool scholarships are accepted between March 1 and March 30. Scholarship recipients are notified beginning the third Monday in April.  For eligibility and individual scholarship details, please see: Current Student Scholarships

Special Session Scholarships
MLIS or MARA students in special session may apply for the Special Session Scholarships. These $1,422 scholarships will be awarded to nine matriculated students, and funds will be applied to course fees. For eligibility and scholarship details, see: Current Student Scholarships

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 see: SJSU Scholarships and CASA Dean's Scholarship

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.  For more information see: Diversity Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies
Many library and information associations and organizations offer scholarships to students pursuing an MLIS degree. In addition, local, regional, and national organizations offer scholarship opportunities based on applicants’ 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. iSchool students living in southern California may also be eligible for the Friends of Leisure World Library annual scholarship. For a partial listing of scholarship opportunities, please see: Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies

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.