To review a list of scholarships available to University of Hawaii students, visit the UH Scholarships page (click the “view only” link if you do not have a UH account).

Graduate Education Achievement Scholarships

The Office of Graduate Education provides a limited number of merit-based achievement scholarships to qualified LIS graduate students. To learn more about these scholarships, please refer to the Office of Graduate Education Achievement Scholarship page. The application period will be announced via the LIS student mailing list each Spring semester and award funds will be valid for the following academic year. For further details, contact the LIS Program Chair.

Locally Administered Scholarships

Hawaii Library Association (3 per year, up to $1000)
HLA awards three scholarships each year. These awards are funded at various levels up to $1000 each. The number of scholarships awarded each year will be dependent on the current financial status of HLA. The HLA Scholarship committee will evaluate the applications and make the decisions on the awards.

H.W. Wilson Scholarship
This scholarship is based on prior academic performance and accomplishments. The award is open to students taking at least eight (8) graduate credits. Check with the Program Chair as to availability of the scholarship in any given year. Note: to apply, login to the UH Scholarship site, choose the Advanced Search option, and review the list of scholarships available to Library & Information Science majors.

ʻImi Naʻauao Scholarship
ʻImi Naʻauao (search for knowledge) is a merit-based scholarship program available to graduate students. The amount of the scholarship award varies each year depending on the availability of Kamehameha Schools funds.

Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Scholarship
The Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi Program is a need-based scholarship available to residents of Hawaiʻi pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited post-high institution in the United States recognized by Kamehameha Schools.

LIS Alumni Group Student Award (Up to $500)
Required: Completion of 9 credits in LIS or be a May or August LIS graduate continuing toward the Advanced Certificate Program, goals statement. See website for application form. Contact: Jodie Mattos, LIS Alumni Awards Committee, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Beta Phi Mu – Xi Chapter Scholarship ($250)
Requirements: 3.85 GPA and completion of 18 credits of LIS coursework. Review requirements at the Beta Phi Mu – Xi chapter website.

Mary Edward Professional Award (Up to $500)
Provides up to $500 for Hawaii librarians, UH LIS graduates, and students in the Advanced Certificate program to further their professional goals. Can be used for travel and publication support. See website for application form. Contact: Jodie Mattos, LIS Alumni Awards Committee, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Established in 1996, the Hawaii State FCU Lowell Kalapa Scholarship Program has awarded over $479,000 to some of Hawaii’s best and brightest students who sought to improve their lives through the pursuit of a higher education.

East-West Center Student Programs: Opportunities for Study & Scholarships
Various scholarship/fellowship opportunities for graduate program studies. Specific details are available on the East-West web site under the “Scholarships and Fellowships” section of the Student Programs page.

Friends of the Libraries, Kona ($1000)
This scholarship is open to students pursuing a master’s degree in library science at the UHM. Students must be residents of the State of Hawaii and preference is given to Big Island residents. For the application form and additional requirements, please visit the F.O.L.K. website at The annual deadline is in April and scholarships are awarded by June 1.

Hawaii Association of School Librarians (H.A.S.L.) Scholarship (2 scholarships $500/each)
– Hawaii Resident
– H.A.S.L. member
– Certificated Educator
– Accepted into the MLISc program
For current information and application, please check the H.A.S.L. website:

Nationally Administered Scholarships

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Scholarships (varying amounts from $1000-$3500)
The American Association of Law Libraries is committed to providing opportunities for professional growth. Each year, the Association awards scholarships in significant amounts to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming a law librarian. Students with any combination of Law degree, Library degree, or students seeking either degree may apply. Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

American Library Association (ALA) Scholarships (varying amounts from $3000-$6500)
The ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA accredited program, or for a master’s degree in school library media program. The scholarship process is open annually from October – March. It is only necessary to complete ONE online application regardless of the number of scholarships you apply for. Students of Color (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) are especially encouraged to check out the Spectrum Scholarship.

Association of Research Libraries Diversity Programs The ARL Diversity Programs recruit people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into careers in research libraries (the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the Career Enhancement Program), into the field of music and performing arts librarianship (the ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative), as well as the archives and special collections professional workforce (ARL/SAA Mosaic Program). Additionally, ARL’s Leadership & Career Development Program has a focus on diversity. Check out the many scholarship opportunities at

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships (varying amounts from $1250-$3000)
Several scholarships and the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship are awarded annually by Beta Phi Mu. Applications for all scholarships and fellowships are accepted beginning November 15.

Catholic Library Association Scholarships (varying amounts from $1500)
The Catholic Library Association provides two scholarships: one for for graduate study toward a Master’s Degree in Library Science, and one for continuing education in school or children’s librarianship. See the website for more details.

Chinese American Librarians Association Scholarships (varying amounts from $200-$1000)
Applicants must be of Chinese nationality or of Chinese descent and should be currently enrolled in ALA-accredited master’s programs or in doctoral programs in Library and Information Science in degree-granting institutions in North America. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time the Scholarship is awarded.

Medical Lib Association (MLA) Scholarship ($2000)
A scholarship for up to $5000 will be granted to a student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or who has yet to finish at least one half of the program’s requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship.

Medical Library Assocation Scholarship for Minority Student ($2000)
A scholarship for up to $5000 will be granted to a minority student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program’s requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander American individuals who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible.

REFORMA Scholarship – National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking ($1500)
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for this scholarships. Must provide proof of enrollment to an accredited library school. Open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are Spanish-speakers. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community.

CLIR Annual Scholarship
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) offers an annual scholarship for a student of library information science to attend the yearly meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). This may open some doors to other resources via participation in IFLA.