Scholarships for Current Students

Numerous scholarships are available to current students enrolled in the master's degree programs at the SJSU School of Information. From $500 to $1,422, scholarships funds can help offset course fees. Please review the scholarship opportunities, including the Special Session Scholarships.

Endowed & Donated Scholarships

MLIS students must have successfully completed the four required core courses (INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 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.

Application Process and Deadlines
Interested students should complete and submit the iSchool Scholarship Application Form.  Applications will be accepted between March 1 and March 30 for Spring scholarships. Scholarship recipients are notified beginning the third Monday in April for Spring. Scholarships awarded in the Spring will be dispersed toward a recipient's course fees during the fall semester.


  • Alumni & Friends Scholarship: Endowed by the iSchool Alumni Association to provide scholarships for iSchool students. One scholarship at $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • 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. Awarded in spring. Dr. Woolls is the author of numerous school library publications, and is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and the International Association of School Librarianship.
  • Faculty Scholarship: Endowed by the iSchool Faculty to provide an annual scholarship for a iSchool student, $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • Global Impact Scholarship: For students who demonstrate a strong commitment toward using skills as an information professional to impact global communities and organizations. One scholarship at $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • Graduate Student Scholarship: Funds from donations. Students cannot be in their first semester. One scholarship at $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • H.W. Wilson Scholarship: Endowed by the H.W. Wilson Foundation. One scholarship at $1,000. Awarded in spring. Established in 1952, the H.W. Wilson Foundation supports libraries, library associations, historical societies, cultural programs and scholarships for library and information science programs accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Librarianship Scholarship: Endowed by Kaiser Permanente to support candidates interested in a career in medical librarianship and health informatics, $1,000. Awarded in spring. Kaiser Permanente Permanente’s Health Sciences Libraries have grown into a national network of thirty-six on-site libraries. Kaiser librarians have consistently been at the forefront of encouraging the use of the latest technology to provide clinicians needed information resources.
  • Leppe Scholarship: Established in 2014, the scholarship was endowed in honor of Louis C. Leppe, a southern California pharmacist, whose daughters, both teachers, were graduates of San Jose State University. "We would like for whoever receives this scholarship to know what a kind and generous man our dad was. We wish the recipients fulfillment of their dreams." - Trustee, Dolores Daniels. One scholarship of $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • 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. $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • Terry Crowley Scholarship: Endowed in honor of Dr. Terry Crowley, former iSchool professor emeritus specializing in reference and information services, one scholarship of $1,000. Awarded in spring.
  • Thea Estreicher Memorial Scholarship: Must be a part-time student and pursuing a career in public librarianship. $1,000 awarded in spring. Thea Estreicher worked in and was greatly impacted by the work of public libraries and librarians. 
  • ZASIO Future Leaders in Information Management Scholarship: Available to a Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) student who has completed MARA 200 or MARA 210. One scholarship at $1,000. Awarded in spring. In celebration of 30 years in business, ZASIO Enterprises, Inc. established the scholarship to support a student enrolled part time in the MARA program. By accepting the scholarship, the student agrees to let ZASIO publicize his/her name on its website and social media platforms. Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition costs.

Note: Friends of Leisure World Library Scholarship is not awarded by the iSchool, but applications are administered through the scholarships drop box on the iSchool Advising and Administration course site on Canvas. Before you submit your application, please make sure you are qualified, by reading the eligibility requirements.

Special Session Scholarships — MLIS Special Session and MARA Students


  • All special session students who have a current GPA of at least a 3.2 are eligible to apply for one of the nine available scholarships at $1,422 each.
  • Students must be actively enrolled in the MLIS or MARA program and taking at least three units in spring 2019.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript showing your current GPA is required.

Application Process
Using Prezi or Powtoon or similar tools (such as emaze), creatively build a presentation that showcases your skills (e.g., technology, organization, research, and other skills) and illustrates your commitment to:

  • impacting global and/or diverse communities and organizations.
  • showing leadership through initiatives related to libraries or records or information environments or external professional associations.”

Entries will be judged based on creative presentation in the form of descriptive text, data points, visual elements, and your overall ability to convey your thoughts on one of the topics described above. Once you have created your presentation, complete the online scholarship application form (form will be open from August 1, 2018 through November 15, 2018). The scholarship applications will not be reviewed until after the application deadline.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2018, and the deadline to apply for a Special Session Scholarship is November 15, 2018. Scholarships will only be awarded to students enrolled in the MLIS or MARA program for spring 2019.

The scholarship committee members will review all submissions, select recipients, and notify recipients in December 2018.

Receiving Scholarship Funds
Scholarship funds will be applied to scholarship recipients' fees after all gratitude requirements are met.