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.


All new students admitted to the MLIS, MARA, or Informatics program for spring 2020 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 free infographic tools can be found here: 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 August 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019) and upload the PDF or jpeg. The infographic scholarship application will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2019, and the deadline to apply for a Director’s Scholarship for Excellence is  November 1, 2019. Scholarships will only be awarded to students who are admitted to the MLIS, MARA or Informatics program.

The school’s scholarship committee will review all submissions, select recipients, and notify recipients in January 2020.

Receiving Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds are applied directly to successful applicants’ tuition for the following term. Students must be admitted and enrolled in at least three course credits, in order to be eligible to receive scholarship funds. 

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