Through the generosity of graduates, faculty, and other friends, the following scholarships are open to matriculated students in GSLIS programs. The primary considerations in the review of general scholarship applications are need, aptitude, academic ability, and performance in the GSLIS program. Important additional considerations for named scholarships may include factors such as the quality and relevance of the application essay, the student's professional activities, and/or the student's contribution to diversity in librarianship. Most GSLIS scholarships average between $250 and $800, depending on endowment yields.
Students are encouraged to re-apply each semester; deadlines are October 15 (for scholarships given in the spring semester) and February 15 (for scholarships given in the summer or fall term). Scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition remission. To apply for a general scholarship, please download and complete the General GSLIS Scholarship Application form. Applicants will be considered for awards from the Melvil Dewey Scholarship Fund, supported by GSLIS alumni, and from the H.W. Wilson Fund, provided through the generosity of the H.W. Wilson Company.
Betty Fast Memorial Scholarship
Established by her family, alumni and friends to recognize students in the GSLIS program who show excellence in their academic work, strong potential in library leadership, and a commitment to youth services in school or public libraries. The award will be made in the form of a tuition benefit. Deadline: February 15.
Elizabeth Futas Scholarship
Offered each spring semester to recognize and honor a librarian who invests time and talent to make positive change in the profession of librarianship. Donor: Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund, tuition benefit and citation. Deadlines: October 15 and February 15.
GSLIS Prism Scholarship
This scholarship, to increase diversity in librarianship and information services, is supported by a new endowment. Deadline: October 15.
Frank Iacono Scholarship
Recognizes a student with a strong commitment to outreach. It is supported by donations to the GSLIS General Scholarship Endowment from Mr. Iacono's family, friends, and colleagues. Deadline: February 15.
Established by Nancy Mattoon Kline, who earned her Master's in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library Studies in 1973. The purpose of the annual award is to support the diversification of the library profession by supporting full-time or part-time graduate students of color in the GSLIS program. Deadline: February 15 or October 15.
Stewart P. Schneider Scholarship
Awarded each spring semester to a GSLIS student with professional aspirations in reference services. The winner will be announced at the spring Annual Gathering. Deadline: February 15.
Professional Association Memberships
To encourage professional growth and engagement, GSLIS will refund up to $35 of any student's first-year student membership in an LIS professional association. Funds for this initiative are provided through the Lucille Chernack Fund.