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 during the spring semester.
Applications for 2020-2021 Endowed and External Scholarship Awards are not currently being accepted and will open up later in the Spring 2020 semester. 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.
Award recipients will be announced via the Departmental newsletter. Make sure you are part of the ils-listserv so that you get notifications about when applications are being accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Kative Novak at email@example.com.
A sampling of current student awards
Awarded to graduate students majoring in information and library science at Luddy School 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.
Awarded to students 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. 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.
Awarded to assist graduate students interested 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 I.U., 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 I.U.
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.
Awarded to a non-resident student in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee. 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 Science 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.
Awarded to outstanding students in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee. This award was established by Eleanor Kidwell, a 1938 IU alumna who, although she earned her master’s in library science from the University of Denver, wanted to support libraries and her home state of Indiana. After getting her bachelor’s from IU in home economics, Kidwell enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and served in the WAVES as a pharmacist's mate. After the war she enrolled in the library science program in Denver. She moved to Muskegon Heights, Mich., in 1948 and served as the senior high school librarian there until her retirement in 1974.
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; he was awarded MLA’s special Achievement Award and the MLA Citation.
Awarded to students in the Ph.D. in Information Science program.
Awarded to doctoral students in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering who are pursuing research in Social Informatics, interested in conducting critical studies on the impact and consequences of computerization, the Internet, or digital media on individuals, organizations, or society. See the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics website for more information: https://rkcsi.sice.indiana.edu/funding/.
Awarded annually to a person whose record gives evidence of superior potential for success as a library/information professional. Established in 1979 by Margaret Rufsvold, who was the Director of Library Curriculum from 1938 to 1947 and then became the Director of the Division of Library Science in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington from 1947 to 1966.
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.
Awarded to graduate students in the Department of Information and Library Science selected by the ILS Scholarship Committee. The award was established in memory of Associate Professor Shepherd who had been a member of the ILS faculty for 13 years.
Awarded to a student with exceptional potential in the field of youth services librarianship. Established in honor of Evelyn Ray Sickels, who was one of the editors of the Anthology of Children's Literature, (in its 5th edition in 1981). She was for many years the head librarian at the Indianapolis Public Library.
ILS will award one scholarship worth 6 credit hours of eligible tuition remission to an ALA Spectrum Scholarship recipient who comes to Indiana University.
Awarded to a student of Chinese ancestry who demonstrates high potential for success as a library/information professional. This award 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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