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.

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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REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter Scholarships

As our library profession strives to serve an increasingly diverse population, the Los Angeles Chapter of REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) seeks to recruit and retain Spanish/English bilingual students within the librarianship profession through local REFORMA scholarship funds. 

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REFORMA Scholarship Program

Since 1971, REFORMA has supported the active recruitment of bilingual and bicultural librarians to meet the information needs of the Spanish-speaking community. The REFORMA Scholarship provides financial assistance to encourage and enable Latinos and/or Spanish speakers to pursue or advance a career in Library and Information Science. REFORMA offers two scholarships to those interested in library science:

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MLA Scholarship

A scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in MLA and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

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Friends of the Leisure World Library Scholarships

The Friends of the Leisure World Library offers an annual scholarship competition for Southern California iSchool students interested in a career in public libraries. Applicants must have completed at least 6 courses with a 3.0 or better GPA. Students must live in Southern California and be committed to a career in public librarianship. Two scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded. 

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CNI Paul Evan Peters Fellowship

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field, that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology. Nominees should demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters.

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William Randolf Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund in 1984. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to create the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. Contributions from CSU Trustees and private donors increase the value and number of available awards. Special named scholarships will be awarded by the selection committee based on criteria such as studying in the STEM or education fields, veteran status, or exemplary community service.

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CSU Glenn and Dorothy Dumke Fellowship

One fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate student attending a CSU campus and pursuing a research project using the CSU archives in the area of public policy, American history, economics, archival management or government. This fellowship was established in honor of the late Chancellor Emeritus Glenn S. Dumke and his wife Dorothy. Dr. Dumke was chancellor of the California State University from 1962 to 1982. The fellowship amount is $1,300.

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CLA Reference Service Press Fellowship

To encourage college seniors, college graduates and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship, the California Library Service (CLA) offers the Reference Service Press Fellowship. Students may apply for the fellowship if they are California residents attending any ALA-accredited library school Masters Degree program. In addition, non-California residents may apply for the fellowship if they are attending an accredited library school Master Degree program in California.

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CLA Scholarship for Minority Students

The California Library Association offers three scholarships for minority students each year. These awards of $2,500 are provided to encourage ethnic minority students in pursuing their graduate education at an ALA accredited library or information science program in California.

For more information, please visit the Edna Yelland Scholarship webpage.

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CLA Begun Scholarship

The California Library Association Begun Scholarship, named in memory of former librarian Betty Begun, supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children’s or young adult librarians in a California public library.

One scholarship of $3000 will be awarded annually.

For more information, please visit the Begun Scholarship webpage.

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Beta Phi Mu Scholarships

Beta Phi Mu, an organization to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students, offers the following scholarships and fellowships annually to students of library and information science: