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Scholarships & Fellowships: Library Science

Indiana Library Federation Scholarship

The Indiana Library Federation Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships, including

  • Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Sue Marsh Weller Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • William Gresh Memorial Scholarship (AISLE)
  • David Dickey Continuing Education Award

For more information on these scholarships, and to view the due dates, visist:  http://www.ilfonline.org/?page=scholarships

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships

DEADLINE: March 15, 2018

Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, Scholarship Season is now open! Applications are being accepted for the following scholarships:

Sarah Rebecca Reed - $2,250
For beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school.

Blanche E. Woolls - School Media - $2,250
For beginning LIS studies with a concentration in School Library Media.

Frank B. Sessa - Continuing Education - $150
For continuing education for a Beta Phi Mu member.

Harold Lancour - Foreign Study - $1,750
For a librarian conducting foreign research.

Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship - $3,000
For Library and Information Science doctoral students who are working on their dissertations.

For more information, see: http://www.betaphimu.org/scholarships.html

IGS Library Staff Educational Scholarship

DEADLINE: December 31, 2018


This scholarship offered by the Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS) is to be used to increase the genealogical knowledge and thus the effectiveness of those persons that serve library patrons.

Award Amount:

  • A $500 cash award to the library employee to be used to attend any genealogy conference, seminar, or class (the credit can be applied towards registration fees, as well as food or travel expenses).
  • A $500 cash award to the sponsoring library to be used for the acquisition of genealogy resources.
  • A one-time complimentary registration to the IGS Annual Conference for the library employee, as well as a one-time complimentary 12-month IGS membership.

Eligibility Requirements:

The scholarship is limited to libraries located in Indiana and the employees of these libraries. The library must allow public access to its collection. The library employee:

  • must have a job that entails helping patrons with genealogy research.
  • must be available to patrons at least 25% of the time that the library is open.
  • must have at least three months of experience working in genealogy.

Library staff that are new to the field of genealogy are encouraged to apply.

Application: Library Staff Educational Scholarship application form (PDF format)


The recipient will be notified by mail and recognized in the next IGS newsletter. A certificate will be presented at the IGS annual meeting unless otherwise arranged with sponsoring library.

Duties Required from Recipient:

Education must be completed within one year of receiving award at the IGS annual meeting. The recipient must write a one page report to the IGS Board describing the educational experience within one month of its completion. The recipient must plan to share knowledge gained by providing a service to a society or library. The service requires:

  • Written approval from IGS.
  • Ten to thirty hours of work from inception to completion.
  • Completion within six months of using the scholarship.

The recipient agrees to serve on the award selection committee the following year.


If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Donna K. Adams, Sullivan County Genealogist, Sullivan County Public Library – Genealogy/Local History Dept. at dkadams118_at_frontier.com or dadams_at_sullivan.lib.in.us.

Julieann V. Nilson InULA Scholarship


InULA scholarships are intended to encourage and reward the potential for excellence in the library and information science profession.

Operational Guidelines

  1. The InULA Executive Board in consultation with the Director of Admissions and Placement, SOIC ILS, shall have responsibility for annually awarding two scholarships of $1,500 each.  Some years may have additional funding.
  2. Each year the Board invites applicants to submit application materials by March 1. The scholarship is to be awarded on or before May 1.
  3. Responsibility for publicity will be shared by the InULA Executive Board and the SOIC ILS Director of Admissions.
  4. Applications MUST be submitted electronically to the InULA Grants and Scholarships Committee Chair.


Any new or continuing full-time or part-time student in the MLS or MIS degree program of the Indiana University Department of Information and Library Science (IUB) or Library and Information Science (IUPUI) in the School of Informatics and Computing at either IUB or IUPUI is eligible to apply. This includes students who have been admitted to an MLS or MIS program, but who will commence their studies after the scholarship awardee(s) have been announced.

For more information on the scholarship program, visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~inula/wp_2012/scholarships/

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