A limited number of merit-based Achievement Scholarships are available to qualified graduate students at UHM. Announcements and application forms will be distributed via lis-stu.
Eligibility & How to Apply
To be eligible, a student must be a degree-seeking student in a master’s or doctoral program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Students, who have graduate, teaching, or research assistantships cannot apply since they already have tuition waivers. Students apply through their graduate programs. Awards are competitive.
The award amount varies, depending on the graduate program. Minimum award is $500. Awards are applicable toward the costs of tuition and fees. Award recipients must pay any remaining tuition and fees balance by the payment deadline posted at MyUH. Award recipients who make registration changes are responsible for checking their MyUH student accounts for resulting changes to their student account balance. Failure to pay the outstanding balance by the deadline will result in cancellation of registration.
Award recipients must maintain an enrollment of six credits or more of degree-related courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, for the entire period of the award. Recipients will be liable to reimburse UHM for the full amount of the award, if they fail to meet the award conditions or if for any other reason the award becomes invalid.
Award Distribution Procedure
The Office of Graduate Education allocates achievement scholarships to graduate programs, which in turn distribute the awards to qualified students via BANNER and STAR. For scholarships made to international students, the total amount of awards distributed via BANNER and STAR may not exceed the total cost of education, which includes tuition and fees.
Friends of the Hilo Library Scholarship ($1000)
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The Friends of the Hilo Library Scholarship is based on financial need as well as past academic performance and accomplishments. Students must be classified graduate students in the Library and Information Science Program. They must be currently enrolled for a minimum of three LIS credits. They must be residents of the Big Island.
Deadline for applying: The current deadline will be announced via the LIS listserv.
1. Complete the application form.
2. Submit the form with a resume.
3. Send application form and resume to:
LIS Program Chair
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Library and Information Science Program
2550 McCarthy Mall, Hamilton Library room 002
Honolulu, HI 96822
Beta Phi Mu – Xi Chapter Scholarship ($250)
Requirements: 3.85 GPA, completion of 21 credits in LIS. Must submit transcript, cover letter and two letters of recommendation to: Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Committee, c/o Carole Suzui, Federal Documents, Hawai’i State Library, 478 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Ralph R. Shaw Memorial Award (Up to $500)
Continuing education support available to all professional levels, including paraprofessionals. Required: 2 letters of recommendation, 1 page 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.
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.
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 Library Association (up to $1000/ 3 per year)
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.
Hawaii Association of School Librarians (H.A.S.L.) Scholarship (2 scholarships $500/each)
– Hawai’i 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: https://sites.google.com/site/haslsite/
H.W. Wilson Scholarship (clicking this link opens a word DOC)
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.
Maui Friends of the Library Scholarship (Amount varies) (clicking this link opens a word DOC)
This scholarship is open to Maui County (including Lanai and Molokai) residents who are classified students in the LIS Program. They must qualify for financial need. Check with the Program Chair as to availability of the scholarship in any given year.
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 www.folkhawaii.com. The annual deadline is in April and scholarships are awarded by June 1.
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. http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/diversity/spectrum/spectrum.cfm
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 http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment
Beta Phi Mu Scholarships (varying amounts from $1250-$3000)
Five 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.
Special Libraries Association Scholarships ($6000)
Awards for graduate study leading to a Master’s Degree, graduate study leading to a Ph.D., and for post-M.L.S. study. One general award, and one minority award.
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.
Melbourne Undergraduate International Scholarships
For undergrads looking to study in Melbourne, Australia, the University of Melbourne is aiming to attract outstanding students from around the world.