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Library Science Student Scholarships

5 Library Science Scholarships You Can Apply To Today

Being a librarian doesn’t always come cheap: there are books, tuition, conferences, and a host of other expenses.

Luckily, there are opportunities for scholarships to cover at least some of those costs. Here’s a round-up of awards with applications due in spring 2019.

Editor’s note: don’t forget to take a look at the Library Science scholarships available from the Syracuse University iSchool!

Society of American Archivists Scholarships 

Application deadline: February 28, 2019

The Society of American Archivists offers three scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in archives, in addition to hosting the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program (which has a separate application process). The awards vary in their amounts, and applicants can be considered for multiple scholarships each cycle. The application is due February 28, 2019.

ALA Scholarship Program 

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

The American Library Association Scholarship program is one of the biggest of its kind. Offering monetary awards to students, but also to support staff, career librarians, and others affiliated with the library world. There are general scholarships for which any current MLIS students may apply, in addition to students seeking to enter specific fields of librarianship, including federal librarianship and new media. All ALA scholarships can be applied for with one scholarship application. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships 

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information studies, awards four scholarships each year, along with a dissertation fellowship. The awards range from $150 for continuing education support to $2,250 for those in the first part of their master’s degree. For the scholarships for current studies, applicants do not need to be members of Beta Phi Mu. The application for this year’s awards is March 15, 2019.

American Association of Law Libraries Scholarships

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

The American Association of Law Libraries awards scholarships for library students seeking a career in law librarianship, or current lawyers or librarians who want to make a career change into the field of law librarianship. Applicants do not need to be a member of the AALL to apply, but members, as well as those with law library experience, will be given preference in consideration. The application is due April 1, 2019.

Alice L. Halton Educational Fund Scholarship

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

The Alice L. Halton Educational Fund Scholarship supports students studying information and records management (a.k.a. library and information science or archives). Halton was a corporate records manager in Houston, but the scholarship is open to students across the U.S. and Canada. The application is due May 1, 2019.

Georgia Westbrook

Georgia Westbrook

Georgia Westbrook is a first year student in the MLIS program at the iSchool. She works in the Learning Commons at Bird Library. Georgia is interested in oral histories, news librarianship, and open access.

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