iSchool New Student Scholarships

Overview

Scholarships for New Students

The SJSU School of Information is pleased to offer scholarships for new students during the first semester they are enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Archives and Records Administration program, or MS in Informatics program.

  • Newly admitted students in Regular Session or Special Session may apply for the Director’s Scholarship for Excellence, five scholarships of $1,422 each.
  • Newly admitted students in Special Session may apply for the Special Session Scholarships, 13 scholarships of $1,422 each.
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Director’s Scholarship for Excellence

The Director’s Scholarship for Excellence recognizes the potential of new students to take a leading role in shaping their profession.

Thanks to donations from faculty, alumni, and friends of the iSchool, 40 incoming students to date (as of December 2018) have been awarded the Director’s Scholarship for Excellence to assist them as they embark on their master’s degree journey.

Eligibility

All new students admitted to the MLIS, MARA, or Informatics program for fall 2019 and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible to apply for a Director’s Scholarship for Excellence.

The scholarship is open to both Regular Session and Special Session students.

When you apply, be prepared to upload a copy of your transcript showing your GPA.

Application Process

Create an infographic/digital poster that highlights your desired career path. Use your creativity and research skills to share (1) your thoughts on what kinds of issues will be important to you in that career, and (2) what drew you to the profession. Be sure to cite your references/sources if using third party information/data.

You may use any tool to create the infographic. A list of 10 free infographic tools can be found here: https://www.creativebloq.com/infographic/tools-2131971. Accepted file formats include PDF and jpeg.

Entries will be judged based on creative presentation of your information in the form of descriptive text, data points, photos/images/graphics, and your overall ability to tell your story.

Once you have created your infographic, complete the online scholarship application form (form will be open from January 9, 2019 through May 1, 2019) and upload the PDF or jpeg. The infographic scholarship application will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. 

Application Deadline

For students who have been admitted to the MLIS, MARA or Informatics program and are starting the program in fall 2019, applications will be accepted beginning on January 9, 2019, and the deadline to apply for a Director’s Scholarship for Excellence is May 1, 2019.

The school’s scholarship committee will review all submissions, select recipients, and notify recipients in June 2019.

Receiving Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds will be applied to recipients’ fees for the first semester they are enrolled in the MLIS, MARA, or Informatics program.

If you have any questions regarding the Director’s Scholarship for Excellence, contact the Student Services Team.

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Special Session Scholarships

New students in Special Session who are starting the MLIS, MARA or Informatics program in fall 2019 are encouraged to apply for the Special Session Scholarships. A total of 13 scholarships will be awarded with funds covering $1,422 of each scholarship recipient’s course fees during the first semester enrolled at the iSchool!

Eligibility

All new Special Session students admitted to the MLIS, MARA or Informatics program for fall 2019 and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 are eligible to apply for a Special Session Scholarship.

Students must take at least three units in fall 2019.

A copy of your transcript showing your 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 one of the following themes:

  • impacting global and/or diverse communities and organizations
  • showing leadership through initiatives related to libraries or records or information environments or external professional associations
  • designing user friendly web interfaces

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 January 9, 2019 through May 1, 2019). The scholarship applications will not be reviewed until after the application deadline.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 9, 2019, and the deadline to apply for a Special Session Scholarship is May 1, 2019. Scholarships will only be awarded to new students enrolled in the MLIS, MARA or Informatics program for fall 2019.

The scholarship committee members will review all submissions, select recipients, and notify recipients in June 2019.

Receiving Scholarship Funds

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

If you have any questions regarding the Special Session Scholarships, contact the Student Services Team.