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

Additional scholarship information is available in the “Tuition, Fees, and Expenses” chapter of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa catalog.

Below are a collection of opportunities provided by the University of Hawaiʻi, local organizations, and national organizations.

Note: Scholarship information changes frequently. Please consult with an LIS faculty advisor to confirm the information shown here is the most current information available.


Mānoa Opportunity Grants are available to students who demonstrate financial need based on information provided on your FAFSA. Due to limited funding, the maximum annual UHM award is $4,000 and is dependent upon tuition charged and enrollment status. You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits as an undergraduate or 4 credits as a graduate student) to receive the Mānoa Opportunity Grant. Graduate students enrolled in a 1 credit full-time course will not be considered for this grant. Preference is given to those students who meet our priority deadline of March 1st and are residents of the State of Hawaiʻi.

Pacific Islander Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need based on information provided on your FAFSA, are from eligible Pacific Island districts, commonwealths, territories, jurisdictions, states or nations which do not provide public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees and pay the 150% resident tuition rate at UHM. Since funding is limited, preference will be given to those who meet our priority deadline of March 1st.


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.

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 of Hawaiʻi
Friends of the Library of Hawaiʻi awards up to $25,000 in scholarships annually to Hawaiʻi residents seeking a Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Hawaiʻi. The scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are currently enrolled in the Library and Information Science Program, or who have been accepted for enrollment in the fall or spring semester. Applications are typically due by late May.

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 Hawaiʻi 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.

Hawaiʻi Association of School Librarians (HASL) Scholarship ($500)
– Hawaiʻi Resident
– H.A.S.L. member
– Accepted into the MLISc program
For current information and application, please check the H.A.S.L. website:

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation recognizes the growing challenge of supporting students who are motivated to attain their degrees and achieve their career goals. HCF’s scholarship program consists of over 190 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, businesses, organizations, and private foundations. All of them are dedicated to making sure that educational opportunities are available to Hawaii students who need and deserve them.

Hawaiʻi Library Association (varies, up to $1000)
This award is funded at various levels up to $1000. 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.

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

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.

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 information.

Mary Edward Professional Award (Up to $500)
Provides up to $500 for Hawaiʻi 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 Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hamilton Library, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822.

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.

Ralph R. Shaw Scholarships and Awards
Named for the University Librarian, Ralph R. Shaw (1907-1972), who was also founding Dean of the UHM Graduate School of Library Studies, this scholarship was established in 1985 and is funded by his estate as well as other UH Mānoa LIS alumni. There are four types of scholarships and awards available. A student may receive up to two of these scholarships and/or awards in a given school year. There is no website available for this scholarship, only an email announcement every semester for UHM LIS students currently enrolled in the program, with instructions on how to apply.


American Library Association (ALA) Scholarships (varying amounts)
The American Library Association (ALA) is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, 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 with a specialty in school librarianship that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited unit.

The scholarship process is open annually from September – March. Applications and reference forms (which must be submitted on-line) are available during that time period. Instructions and general information remain available year round.

American Library Association’s “Scholarships and Financial Assistance” page
Provides tips on finding scholarships/financial assistance, as well as listing a few resources not referenced elsewhere on this page.

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarships
Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and our organization. Our aim is to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals working as leaders in the field of library and information science to best position libraries and institutions at the core of today’s culturally diverse communities.

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.

Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and ARL member libraries, offers a stipend of up to $10,000 to students currently enrolled in an MLIS or equivalent degree program from an ALA–accredited institution in support of graduate library and information science (LIS) education. The purpose of the program is to attract students from racial and ethnic minority groups to careers in academic and research libraries.

Art Libraries Society of North America
The Art Libraries Society of North America offers a number of awards and scholarships aligned with its mission to foster excellence in art and design librarianship and image management.

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.

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.

Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students
A scholarship of up to $5,000.00 is awarded annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the Medical Library Association and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

Medical Library Association Scholarship
A scholarship of up to $5,000.00 is awarded annually by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. The scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the Medical Library Association and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

Paul Evan Peters Fellowship ($2,500 per year, awarded two consecutive years)
The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of Paul Evan Peters (1947-1996), founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The fellowship will assist students pursuing graduate studies in the information sciences, librarianship, or closely related field, that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology. Nominees should demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters.

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.

Society of American Archivists
The Society of American Archivists offers a variety of opportunities for financial assistance through awards, fellowships, and scholarships. The deadline for nominations/applications is February 28.