Scholarships, fellowships, and awards for current students
ILS offers annual fellowship awards and other scholarships to current students. Many of these are possible through the generous gifts of alumni and other ILS supporters.
These are often established in memory or in honor of the person for whom the award is named.
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We’ll send you information and instructions on how to apply for funding at the beginning of the academic year.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Endowed and External Scholarship Awards. In order to qualify, you must be admitted to one of the ILS graduate programs. Should you be selected as an award winner, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours to receive the funds.
All students can apply in the internal Canvas site by submitting their resume and filling out the questions by September 15th. We will review the applications and notify the winners by October 31st.
By filling out this application, you are granting your permission, should you be selected as an award recipient, to be featured in any Departmental publications, news articles, announcements, etc., regarding the award. If for some reason you did not get added to the Canvas site, please contact Katie Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org
A sampling of current student awards
Awarded to graduate students majoring in information and library science at Luddy who are completing internships at tax-supported public and nonprofit organizations. The initial donors established the endowment to honor the memory of Marian Armstrong after her death in 2016. Armstrong, who began as a professor in the Department in 1969 (it was then known as the Graduate Library School), had a lasting positive impact on her students, her community, and the field of library science.
This award goes to graduate students in ILS or the Department of Informatics interested in the concept of information as an ecosystem, with preference given to students interested in continuing Gerald Bernbom’s areas of study:
Knowledge management of scientific and scholarly communication.
A focus on knowledge and information rather than technology.
Interdisciplinary research on the entire life-cycle of the information ecosystem.
The sustainability, security, use, and preservation of information.
Doctoral students will submit an essay on one of the four areas of study described above, accompanied by three letters of reference.
At the time of his death, Gerry Bernbom was director of research and academic computing for UITS, and special assistant, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, at IU.
Less visible than his titles was his skill collaborating across disciplines for the common good. Part poet, part philosopher, part visionary technologist, he coordinated IU’s first IT strategic plan and served in many capacities in making the thoughtful application of IT an essential part of the university and its curriculum.
Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee. Margaret Griffin Coffin was an Assistant Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Science in 1988 when she established this fund for students.
Two equal awards are given for incoming students returning to school after obtaining at least one year of work experience with an excellent academic record and who wish to pursue an M.L.S. degree.
Awarded to students preparing for careers in Archives and Records Management Specialization and related areas.
This annual award assists graduate students in the study of scientific information. Charles A. Davis headed the Indiana State Police Headquarters Laboratory, and later that agency’s Criminal Investigation Division. He was a pioneer in forensic science.
Charles H. Davis has three degrees from IU, and studied postgraduate chemistry at the University of Munich on a fellowship awarded by the German government. He was an editor at Chemical Abstracts, served as an academic dean in Canada and in Illinois, and is currently a senior fellow in library and information science here at IU.
Awarded to support graduate students participating in the Digital Libraries Specialization Program.
Awarded to support graduate students from under-represented groups who are pursuing any course of study in librarianship or information science. Debora “Ralf” Shaw is Professor Emerita, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and the former Dean of the IU School of Library and Information Science. She earned her PhD at IU in Informatics Science in 1983 and a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1974.
Awarded to students in the Ph.D. in Information Science program who have a record of academic excellence. Established by Blanche Woolls in 2010. Blanche is an 1962 graduate of the IU MLS program and earned her PhD in Library Science at IU in 1973.
Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee. Cynthia Duncan got her Ph.D. in Information Science in 1974.
This annual award is for a nonresident student. Janice Egloff was a 1978 M.L.S. graduate from IU.
This annual award is for ILS students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship will assist in payment of tuition, books, and other required education expenses. The account was established by the five sons of Bernard and June Fry. Dr. Fry was appointed Dean of the IU Graduate Library School (ILS), 1967–1980.
Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Information and Library Science within the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering who are pursuing a degree in the field of Library Science in preparation for a professional career in the public services area. Preference is given to students who are residents of either Indiana or New Jersey or citizens of Japan. The Gines Graduate Library Science Scholarship was established in 2017 by James Gines to honor his late wife, Noriko. Noriko was initially exposed to the field of Library Sciece while working in the East Asian Collection of the IUB Library. She began her MLS at IU and finished at Columbia University. She went on to have a 26-year long career as a librarian at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library.
This annual award is for an ILS student who has excelled in cataloguing and demonstrates promise of success in the profession.
Dennis Grumling was a 1984 M.L.S. graduate from IU.
Provides funding for a graduate student in the ILS department as chosen by the scholarship committee.
This annual award is for students who are earning an M.L.S. and specializing in art librarianship, with a minimum 3.3 GPA, and who demonstrate potential to be leaders in the field. This award was established by B. J. Kish Irvine to mark her years of dedication and service as a faculty member and fine arts librarian at IU.
This annual award goes to a student from southeast Indiana, southwest Ohio, and northern Kentucky.
Keith was a 1976 M.L.S. graduate; he also served as president of the ILS Alumni Board for several years.
Midwest Library Service has supplied books and related services to libraries since 1959. The company’s founder, Howard N. Lesser, wishes to foster the development of future librarians.
Awarded to graduate students pursuing a Master's of Library Science degree in the Information and Library Science program within the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering who have demonstrated financial need.
This annual award is for ILS students with a record of academic excellence as demonstrated with a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to returning students and/or students with interest in public school librarianship.
This annual award is for students enrolled in the M.L.S. program, with preference for in-state student(s); established by ILS staff member Sarah P. Burton in memory of her parents.
Awarded to graduate students in good academic standing specializing in the field of music librarianship. Ralph Papakhian made significant contributions to the Music Library Association and to the field of music librarianship; awarded MLA’s special Achievement Award and the MLA Citation.
Awarded to students in the Ph.D. in Information Science program.
Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee.
The preferred recipients of this annual award are pursuing special library career paths.
Charles B. Shaw compiled the List of Books for College Libraries (the “Shaw List”) and its supplements in the 1930s. Beginning in 1943, he was the President of ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries).
An ardent amateur printer, he founded the Off-hand Press at his home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
This annual award is for a student whose major emphasis is information science and technology.
The award was established in memory of Associate Professor Shepherd who had been a member of the ILS faculty for 13 years.
This annual award goes to a student with exceptional potential in the field of youth services librarianship.
ILS will award one scholarship worth 6 credit hours of eligible tuition remission to an ALA Spectrum Scholarship recipient who comes to Indiana University.
This annual award goes to a student of Chinese ancestry. It was established as a memorial to the late Yuan T’ung Li, director of the National Library of Beijing, who was associated with the Library of Congress for much of his later life.
An annual award(s) available due to the generosity of the H.W. Wilson Foundation.
Awarded to graduate students pursuing a degree within the Department of Information and Library Science; preference will be given to students from Tennessee.
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