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 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: 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.