Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities

Below is a list of financial aid opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for. Please check the websites or call the sponsoring organization for the latest information regarding deadlines, requirements, or other information.

Internal Financial Aid (UNT)

UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information on how to apply for university financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, assistantships, or employment.

Remember to fill out your federal FAFSA in order to be eligible for state and federal aid, including loans!

UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences Financial Assistance

Students admitted and enrolled in UNT LIS programs are eligible to apply for financial assistance and scholarships from the Department of Library and Information Sciences. This financial assistance and scholarships are administered by a committee of LIS faculty. Selection of recipients is based on merit and the availability of funding in each academic year. Applicants must be fully admitted to one of the UNT LIS programs and enrolled in the year the scholarship(s) is awarded.

External Financial Aid

Upcoming 2016 Scholarship Deadlines for Library and Information Science Graduate Students:

• Society of American Archivists Scholarships for aspiring archivists – Due February 28:

• American Library Association Scholarships (over 70 awards) – Due March 1:

• Virginia Library Association Scholarships for VA residents/employees – Due March 4:

• CALA Scholarships for Chinese American students – Due March 6:

• Hawaii Library Association Scholarship for a UH-Mānoa LIS student – Due March 11:

• REFORMA National Scholarship for students with an interest in public & academic librarianship - Due March 15:

• REFORMA Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship for students with an interest in Children's & School librarianship - Due March 15:

• REFORMA Los Angeles Scholarships two scholarships for LA county students - Due March 18:

• California Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland, Due March 18:

• California Library Association Reference Service Press Fellowship for students preparing for reference/information service librarianship – Due March 18:

• California Library Association Begun Scholarship for children's or young adult librarians in a California public library – Due March 18:

• Connecticut Library Association Scholarships for CLA member and a CT resident/employee in a CT library – Due March 18:

• American Association of Law Libraries Scholarships for aspiring law librarians – Due April 1:

• Lillian Marrero Scholarship Award for members of REFORMA Northeast Chapter – Due April 1:

• Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Scholarship for students from a Asian or Pacific Islander background – Due April 4:

• ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program for aspiring archivists – Due April 6:

• ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce for aspiring research librarians – Call for Applications will be posted in April:

• Nebraska Library Association Louise A. Nixon Scholarship for Nebraska residents, employees or members of NLA – Due April 15:

• AILA Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship for American Indian students – Due May 1:

• New Mexico Library Association Marion Dorroh Memorial Scholarship – Due May 1:

• Pennsylvania Library Association MLS Scholarships for PaLA members – Due May 15:

• South Dakota Library Association for SDLA members – Due May 15:

• Georgia Library Association Scholarships for students who agree to work in GA for one year post-degree – Due May 21:

• NYLA Youth Services Section Ann Gibson Scholarship for student pursuing New York State certification as a youth specialist – Due May 27:

• Ada Leigh Soles Memorial Professional Librarian and Archivist Incentive Program for Delaware residents – Due June 1:

• Alabama Library Association Scholarships for Alabama residents – Due June 1:

• Indiana Library Federation Scholarships for Indiana residents – Due June 30:

• Rita Torres / Bibliotecas Para La Gente Scholarship for library service to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities – Due September 15:

• New York Library Association NYLA-Dewey Scholarship for students in NY degree programs – Due September 30:

Additional Scholarship Opportunities without currently posted deadlines/applications:

· Iowa Library Association Foundation scholarships for Iowa students – Due September 11:

· Mississippi Library Association Black Caucus Roundtable Virgia Brocks-Shedd Scholarship for minority students – previously due September 30:

· Delaware Library Association Scholarships for Delaware students – Due November 1:

· Florida Library Association Scholarships for FL students – Due November:

· Medical Library Association Scholarships for aspiring health sciences librarians – Due December 1:

· BCALA EJ Josey Scholarship for African American students – Due December:

· Tennessee Library Association Edwin S. Gleaves Scholarship for TLA members – Due December:

· Alaska Library Association Scholarships – Due January 15:

· Texas Library Association Scholarships for TX residents – Due January 30:

· College and University Libraries Division (CULD) of the Texas Library Association for TX students pursuing academic librarianship – Due January 30:

· Oklahoma Library Association Scholarships – Due February 15:

· DC Library Association Ruth Fine Memorial Student Loan for DCLA members – previously due April:

· New Hampshire Library Association Graduate Education Loan and Scholarship for NHLA members – previously due April 1:

· Idaho Library Association Scholarships for ILA members – previously due May:

· Mississippi Library Association Peggy May Scholarship for University of Southern Mississippi student – previously due May 1:

· Nevada Library Association James S. McPhee Memorial Scholarships for NLA members – previously due May 1:

· Richland Library Foundation established the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship for SC residents – previously May 15:

· Washington Library Media Association Scholarships for WA residents who are aspiring teacher librarians – previously May 15:

· North Carolina Library Association Scholarships for NC residents – previously due May 30:

· Arizona Library Association Louise A. Stephens Memorial Scholarship – previously Spring Deadline:

· Southeastern Library Association Ginny Frankenthaler Memorial Scholarship for students planning to work in the Southeast – previously due June 1:

· Wisconsin Library Association Scholarships for students at UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee – previously due June 15:

· Kentucky Library Association (KLA) Linda Kompanik Memorial Scholarship for KY students – previously due July 1:

· Missouri Library Association Ronald G. Bohley Scholarship for MO students/employees – previously due July 1:

· Montana Library Association Cates Scholarship –previously due July :

· West Virginia Library Association Scholarship for WVLA members – previously due July 31:

· Arkansas Library Association Scholarship for school library media – previously due August 1:

· Washington Library Association Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship for WLA members – previously due August 15:

· Kansas Library Association Educational Foundation Scholarship for students planning careers in KS- deadline not posted:

· Louisiana Library Association Scholarships for LSU students – deadline not posted:

Other External Awards (see websites for deadlines and requirements)

American Library Association (ALA) Scholarship Program

A variety of scholarships available for general LIS studies, various specializations, and for target demographics (women, minorities, continuing education, etc.).

See also, the booklet Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, 2013-2014 published annually by the ALA.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program (for Minority students)

Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce. To this end, over 800 students from traditionally underrepresented groups have received scholarships, leadership training, professional networking and mentoring in order to build a pool of talented and trained library leaders reflective of the populations served by all libraries.

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Recruitment Initiatives (for Minority students)

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 (theARL/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.

Medical Library Association (MLA) Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

MLA offers a variety of funding opportunities to assist qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable practicing health sciences librarians to pursue professional development.

MLA Scholarship for Minority Students

A scholarship for up to $5,000 will be granted to a minority student who is entering a Masters program at 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.

MLA/NLM Spectrum Scholarship

The Medical Library Association (MLA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) jointly sponsor two scholarships through the American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Initiative Scholarship program. This is funded by the National Library of Medicine under NLM Contract NO1-LM-1-3515 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. The two organizations make a total annual donation of $6,500 each year to support minority students in their goals to become health sciences information professionals. African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander individuals attending ALA-accredited library schools are eligible. 

Texas Library Association (TLA) Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Stipends

A variety of awards for LIS study as well as conference attendance and professional development.

Conference Travel and Professional Development Opportunities

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)/Gerd Muehsam Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship.

ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

For current students and recent graduates of graduate programs in library science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art or museum studies. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

Art Libraries Society of North America--$1000 Student Diversity Conference Travel Award

This award was established by Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to provide funding for a student to attend the ARLIS/NA Conference.
Award Info: $1000
Award may be used for expenses related to attendance at the conference: ARLIS/NA student membership, conference registration, travel, lodging, etc.

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grant

This grant enables MLA members to attend the association's annual meeting. Each year awards of up to $1,000 for travel and conference-related expenses will be given to four librarians who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting. Applicants must be currently employed as health sciences librarians and have between two and five years experience in a health sciences library.

Electronic Resources and Librarians (ER&L)/Taylor and Francis Student Travel Grant

Students! Win an amazing opportunity to learn from and network with bright and experienced e-resources management and digital services professionals at ER&L 2015. Taylor and Francis Group is sponsoring travel grants for two students traveling to ER&L in Austin, Texas. The travel grant includes conference registration, air travel costs, and housing totaling $1500 per winner. 

Middle East Librarians Association/George Atiyeh Prize

The George Atiyeh Prize offers financial aid to attend the annual meetings of MELA and of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA). For more information, you may go to the MELA website: .

Texas Library Association (TLA) Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Stipends

A variety of awards for LIS study as well as conference attendance and professional development.

Internships/Practicum Opportunities/Jobs

The Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston offers up to three internships during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Internships typically last 180 hours and will provide the student with experience in an academic and medical library setting. Students will apply to intern in specific service areas at the Research Medical Library. Areas available for interns are Information Services and Archives. Graduate students enrolled in an ALA-accredited program are eligible to apply for internships.

To apply, send a statement of interest (250-300 words) and a resume to Clara Fowler at

For more information:

University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library Diversity Librarian Residency Program

The J. Willard Marriott Library is seeking candidates for their Diversity Librarian Residency Program. The program is intended to increase faculty diversity at the Marriott Library and to encourage people from traditionally underrepresented groups to choose the University of Utah as a place to launch their careers in academic librarianship. This two-year residency will be the incumbent’s first professional library position; it will orient the Resident to academic librarianship through a broad range of activities designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future library positions and contribute fully to the profession. This program is designed to meet the Resident’s professional goals and interests in conjunction with the library’s priorities.

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Ana Cleveland said...

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Ana D. Cleveland