Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies

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Scholarships Awarded by Other Agencies

Many organizations offer scholarships for LIS education. Below are many that are available on a regular basis. Check with individual chapters of local or regional professional associations to find additional sponsors in your area of interest.

See also the Grants webpage for funding to attend professional conferences or to pursue student research.

Deadlines given are approximate and may change from year to year. Check each organization’s website for current information.
 

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Education Scholarships
Annual. 

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and Thomson West George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
Annual. 

American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Lucille M. Wert Scholarship
Annual. 

American Indian Library Association (AILA) Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship
Annual. 

American Library Association (ALA) Century Scholarship
Annual.

American Library Association (ALA) Black Caucus, Chicago Chapter Charlemae Hill Rollins Scholarship
Annual. 

American Library Association (ALA) Black Caucus E. J. Josey Scholarship
Annual. 

American Library Association (ALA) Scholarships
Annual. 

American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship
Annual. 

Association of Jewish Libraries Scholarship
Annual. 

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Scholarship Program
Annual. 

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce
Annual. 

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Julia C. Blixrud Memorial Scholarship
Annual. 

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships
Annual. 

California Librarians Black Caucus (CLBC) Eunice J. H. Parker Scholarship
Annual. 

California Librarians Black Caucus (CLBC) Louise Jane Moses-Agnes Davis Memorial Scholarship
Annual. 

California Library Association (CLA) Begun Scholarship
Annual. 

California Library Association (CLA) Edna Yelland Scholarship for Minority Students
Annual. 

California Library Association (CLA) Reference Service Press Fellowship
Annual. 

California School Library Association (CSLA) Above and Beyond Scholarship
Annual. 

California School Library Association (CSLA) Leadership for Diversity Scholarship
Annual.

California School Library Association (CSLA) Northern Region Jewel Gardiner Memorial Scholarship
Semiannual. 

California School Library Association (CSLA) Northern Region Paraprofessional Scholarship
Annual. 

California School Library Association (CSLA) Southern Region Teacher Librarian Scholarship
Annual.

California School Library Association (CSLA) Southern Region Paraprofessional Scholarship
Annual.

California State University (CSU) Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students
Annual.

California State University (CSU) Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship
Annual.

California State University (CSU) William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement
Annual. 

Chinese American Library Association (CALA) Scholarships
Annual. 

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Biennial. 

Data Science Scholarship Guide
Updated annually.

Friends of Leisure World Library Scholarship
Annual. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Annual.

Islamic Scholarship Fund
Annual. 

Medical Library Association Scholarship
Annual. 

Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students
Annual. 

Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona Scholarships for Paraprofessionals and Students in Health Sciences Libraries
Annual. 

Midwest Archives Conference Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students
Annual. 

National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) Scholarship Program
Annual. 

National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), Los Angeles Chapter Scholarships
Annual. 

National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) Orange County Chapter Scholarships
Annual. 

National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) San Diego Chapter (L.I.B.R.O.S.) Scholarships
Annual. 

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Scholarships
Annual.

Orange County Library Association Scholarship
Even Years. 

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) Scholarships
Annual. 

Rita Torres / Bibliotecas Para La Gente Scholarship
Annual. 

Roger K. Summit Scholarship
Annual. 

Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Scholarship
Annual. 

SJSU Alumni Association Dean’s Scholarship
Annual.

SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) Dean’s iSchool Graduate Scholarship
Annual. 

SJSU Graduate Equity Fellowship
Annual. 

SJSU iSchool Somerton Educational Grants
Annual. 

Special Libraries Association (SLA) San Diego Chapter Scholarship
Annual. 

Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) Scholarship
Annual. 

Virginia Library Association (VLA) Scholarship
Annual.

Washington Library Association (WLA) Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship
Annual. 

Washington Library Media Association Scholarships
Annual. 

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SJSU Alumni Association Dean’s Scholarship
College of Health and Human Sciences

Since 1975, the San José State University Alumni Association has awarded scholarships to students who excel in their academic studies and actively participate in the betterment of their communities through volunteer work. These awards are funded through the generous contributions of alumni and friends of SJSU and represent one of the strongest individual scholarship programs offered by any alumni association in the California State University system.

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WLA Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship

The Washington Library Association (WLA) awards one or more Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarships annually to WLA members who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS degree program and have completed at least one semester or quarter. The scholarships are up to $6,000 per recipient. Applicants are evaluated based on demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library science. Applicants must also be current WLA members who have Washington State residency.

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SCELC Scholarships

Each year the Statewide California Electronic Consortium (SCELC) offers scholarships to library science students on the staff of SCELC Member Libraries.

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SLA San Diego Chapter Scholarship

The San Diego Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SD-SLA) offers an annual $1000 scholarship for residents of San Diego County who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s degree program and who have an interest in pursuing a career in special libraries. The award winner will also receive a one-year student membership in SLA as a San Diego Chapter member.

Scholarship details and application information are usually announced in August or September on the SD-SLA’s website.

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SJSU Graduate Equity Fellowship

The Graduate Equity Fellowship was created to encourage and assist students in their pursuit and completion of master’s degrees and careers. This fellowship is available only to California resident students admitted and enrolled in a master’s degree program. Credential-only candidates are not eligible.

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SCALL Scholarship

The Southern California Association of Law Libraries’ (SCALL) Scholarship would like to reward current library school students who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession. The number of awards granted and amount of each award varies depending on current funding of the scholarship committee.

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Roger K. Summit Scholarship

ProQuest invites future information professionals to apply for the annual Roger K. Summit Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to all LIS students worldwide and the $5,000 award has been given for over twenty years, supporting promising graduate students in library and information sciences. The Roger K. Summit Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.

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Rita Torres/Bibliotecas Para La Genta Scholarship

Established in 1975, Bibliotecas Para La Gente (BPLG) advocates for and provides library services to the Spanish speaking and Latino communities of Northern California. BPLG has established a $2000 scholarship for a new or continuing LIS student who has demonstrated an interest in furthering the goals of BPLG in providing library service to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.

For more information, visit the Bibliotecas Para La Gente Scholarship webpage.

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PTPL Scholarships

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) is a professional organization for technical services librarians in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It offers two $1,000 scholarships for future librarians interested in technical services. Students living or working in the PTPL membership region (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited Library and/or Information Science program, including distance education programs, are invited to apply.

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OCLA Scholarship

Orange County Library Association (OCLA) awards a $500 scholarship to a San José State University, School of Library Science student in even numbered years. The scholarship recipient will be announced in May and the scholarship will be awarded at OCLA’s spring meeting.

Applicants meeting the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

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NASIG Scholarships

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models. NASIG invites qualified applicants to apply for the following awards.

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REFORMA Orange County Chapter Scholarship Competition

The Orange County Chapter of REFORMA seeks to support the recruitment and retention of bilingual Spanish/English students to the profession of librarianship through local REFORMA chapter scholarship funds. Orange County Chapter of REFORMA invites current and future library and information studies students to participate and apply for its two scholarships: Patricial Ayala Family Scholarship (requires Southern California residence) and Serrato Family Scholarship (requires Orange County, California, residence).