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Graduate Scholarships

SOIS proudly offers funding opportunities awarded for both academic achievement and financial need to students entering or enrolled in the MLIS program at UW-Milwaukee. For award dates, please check the individual scholarship.

Deadline

Deadlines

Apply by February 1st & October 15th (October 15th for the Helene Ingwersen McAndrews Scholarship and the SOIS MLIS General Scholarship - Spring Award)
Apply For SOIS Scholarships

Please click the link below in order to fill out the scholarship application. Thank you.

SOIS Scholarship Application
Questions?

Questions?

For questions, please contact Sharon Lake (salake@uwm.edu).

Note: Only one application form is needed for all awards listed below.

The following Scholarship(s) are issued in both the Spring & Fall Semesters.

This scholarship is awarded based on the availability of funding.
For Spring Awards: please apply by October 15th
For Fall Awards: please apply by February 1st

SOIS MLIS General Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 15th for Spring award; February 1st for Fall award

Award Amount: $1,000

Number of Awards: One awarded each semester (Fall & Spring).

Eligibility Criteria: Full or part-time MLIS student.

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for a minimum of at least 3 INFOST credits during the semester the award is granted.

The following Scholarship is awarded in the Spring Semester.

Please apply by October 15th.

Helene Ingwersen Mc Andrews Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 15th

Award Amount: $1000 (Dispersed in Spring)

Number of Awards: One Annually. this award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This scholarship is awarded to an MLIS student based on academic merit and financial need.

Stipulations: Preference will be given to non-traditional students who are in their final semester in the MLIS program. Preference given to students who graduated from a Milwaukee High School, living in/serving the Milwaukee community, enrolled as an onsite student or have taken some courses on campus. If all this criteria cannot be met, preference will be given as follows:

  • Living in or serving the Milwaukee community
  • Enrolled as an onsite student or have taken some courses on campus
  • Graduate of a Milwaukee high school
  • Non-traditional student in their final semester.

The following Scholarships are awarded in the Fall Semester.

Please apply by February 1st.

Alexandra Dimitroff / Thomas Walker Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $2,500 ($1.250/semester)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Thanks to the generosity of a SOIS alumna, this scholarship supports library education and honors two faculty of the School of Information Studies, Alexandra Dimitroff and Thomas Walker. The scholarship is awarded to full or part-time graduate students interested in a career in public libraries with a preference for those intending to specialize in services for children and young adults.

Eligibility Criteria: Full or part-time graduate status, with at least 18 credits toward the MLIS degree.

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for a minimum of at least four graduate credits per fall semester during the academic year of the award.

Ted Samore Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $2,000 ($1,000/semester)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Named in honor of Professor Theodore (Ted) Samore, who retired at the conclusion of the 1989-90 academic year after 24 years of dedicated service in the field of Library Science. Samore, who set a high bar for research in the field of Library Science, was known for his commitment to students as a teacher and mentor. 

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to an MLIS student based on academic merit and outstanding student achievement or promise.

H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $2,500 ($1,250/semester)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Awarded to an entering or continuing MLIS student with an expressed interest in information technology or library automation.

Eligibility Criteria: Academic merit based on undergraduate (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA) and (if applicable) graduate performance (minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA).

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for at least six graduate credits per semester during the academic year of the award.

Doralyn Hickey Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $1,500 ($750/semester)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This scholarship is named in honor of Prof. Doralyn Hickey, who served as director of the School in the mid-1970s. The scholarship is awarded to an entering or continuing MLIS student who is dedicated to a professional career in a facet of information organization (for example, cataloging, classification, indexing, metadata).

Eligibility Criteria: Entering or continuing MLIS student with an expressed interest in the area of information organization.

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for at least six graduate credits per semester during the academic year of the award.

Arthur and Irene Burckel Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $1,500

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This award will fund scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the School of Information Studies.

Stipulations: Full or part-time enrollment as a graduate student in the School of Information Studies with financial need.

Barbara G. Bartley Award (Biennial)

Application Deadline: February 1st (Biennial Award - odd years - ex. 2011-12 academic year)

Award Amount: $300 (Dispersed in Fall)

Number of Awards: One Biennially. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This scholarship is named after Barbara G. Bartley, Associate Professor Emerita, to support attendance at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference.

Eligibility Criteria: For graduate students in SOIS who are pursuing a certificate as a school
library/media specialist. Preference will be given to students attending American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference.

Allen J. Mc Andrews Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $1,000 (Dispersed in Fall)

Number of Awards: One Annually (Fall Semester) This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This scholarship is awarded to an MLIS student based on academic merit and financial need.

Stipulations: Preference will be given to non-traditional students who are in their final semester in the MLIS program. Preference given to students who graduated from a Milwaukee High School, living in/serving the Milwaukee community, enrolled as an onsite student or have taken some courses on campus. If all this criteria cannot be met, preference will be given as follows:

  • Living in or serving the Milwaukee community
  • Enrolled as an onsite student or have taken some courses on campus
  • Graduate of a Milwaukee high school
  • Non-traditional student in their final semester.

Gola Family Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $1,200

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: The Gola Family Scholarship commemorates Waltraud H. Gola, Doris E. Gola, “Papa” Karl-Heinz Gola and Ralph H. Gola. It is to serve as a living memorial and testament to the musical nature and German Heritage of the family, as well as the untimely deaths of both Doris (b. Milwaukee, Oct. 2, 1957 and d. West Allis, Jan. 3, 2003) and “Papa” Karl-Heinz (b. Berlin, Germany, Feb. 1, 1929 and d. Menomonee Falls, Oct. 3, 2008). The Gola Family Scholarship stands the test of time as a living memorial for the life and death of Doris and “Papa” Karl-Heinz. They are survived by Ralph Gola of Waukesha and Waltraud Gola of Menomonee Falls. View more details here >>

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship supports a student with a demonstrated background or future interest in the following area(s): Music Librarianship, German Literature, or Information Specialist with an interest in Music or German Literature. Preference is given to a first year graduate student.

Dean's Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $250 (Dispersed in Fall)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds

Description: The SOIS Alumni Association awards this scholarship to a full-time graduate student based on academic achievement.

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for at least eight graduate credits per semester during the academic year of the award.

The following Scholarships have a separate application procedure.

Please see the individual scholarship for complete details. Please apply by February 1st.

SOIS Toward A Diverse Profession Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 1

Award Amount:

  • Tuition (in-state or out-of-state) including but not limited to the Graduate Instructional Tuition fee, Graduate Non-Resident Tuition fee, Info Sci-Distance Education Tuition fee, Mandatory Student Fee Fixed, Mandatory Student Fee Variable, Segregated Fee, for 30, 33, 36, or 39 credit MLIS degree program. Please note that payment will be applied the student’s tuition account rather than paid to the student directly, a record of which may be viewed on the student’s paws webpage.
  • Award of $1000 per 3 credits up to a maximum of the total required credits for the degree. Part time and full time students are eligible.
  • $1500 for a laptop and printer.

Number of Awards: One scholarship will be awarded annually, subject to availability of funds.

Description: Awarded to incoming MLIS students

Eligibility Criteria: Academic merit based on undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate performance. Selection of recipient is made by the SOIS Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee. Continuation of the scholarship will be contingent on the recipient (1) maintaining a GPA of B or above, (2) making appropriate progress toward his/her degree, and (3) following all applicable UW System, UWM or SOIS policies and procedures, in the sole discretion of the SOIS Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee.

Application Procedure: Please submit the following documents to Jessica Hutchings (contact information):

  1. Cover letter including contact information
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts of all previous post-secondary education. (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  4. A personal statement of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 double spaced pages using Times New Roman, 12 point setting, one-inch margins, indicating the applicant’s potential for success as a librarian or other information professional and the contribution the applicant will make towards achieving the goal of a diverse student body as expressed in the SOIS Statement on Diversity. For example, students may have experiences that indicate a potential for contribution to diversity through the following: lived or traveled widely abroad, fluency in several languages, overcome personal adversity and family hardship, exceptional records of extensive community service, and successful careers in other fields.

Timothy L. Ericson Scholarship in Archival Studies

Application Deadline: February 1st

Award Amount: $1000 (Dispersed in Fall)

Number of Awards: One awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: The University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee School of Information Studies is inviting applicants for the Timothy L. Ericson Scholarship in Archival Studies, to be awarded each Fall Semester. The Timothy L. Ericson Scholarship in Archival Studies honors the founder and long-time Director of the SOIS Archival Studies Program, Timothy L. Ericson, whose contributions to SOIS have supported his colleagues, inspired his students and brought many new and talented individuals to the archives profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Both On-site and Distance Education students may apply. As of the Fall semester of each year, students must be enrolled in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Students must either be enrolled in the MLIS Program with a Concentration in Archival Studies, or show a demonstrated commitment to Archival Studies, or must be enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Administration (CAS) Program.

Application Procedures: Please submit the following documents to the Sharon Lake, SOIS Graduate Advisor (salake@uwm.edu):.

  1. Cover letter including name and contact information
  2. A description of any coursework completed in the MLIS or CAS program, with a focus on Archives coursework.
  3. A personal statement of no more than two pages (Times New Roman, 12 point setting, one-inch margins), expressing interest and accomplishments in the area of Archival Studies, the coursework they intend to complete, and professional goals upon completion of the program.

No application is required for the following Scholarship.

All students entering the MLIS program who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for this award.

MLIS Chancellor's Student Award

Application Deadline: None

Award Amount: $5,000 (distributed between two semesters)

Number of Awards: Five awarded annually (Fall semester - 2 awarded; Spring semester - 2 awarded; Summer semester - 1 awarded) This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Awarded to incoming MLIS students

Eligibility Criteria: Academic merit based on undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate performance.

Application Procedure: None. All incoming students admitted to the MLIS program are considered.

Stipulations: Recipients must be registered for at least three (3) graduate credits per semester during the two academic year semesters of the award (fall-spring for fall/summer awardees; spring-fall for spring awardees).

Digital Libraries Certificate of Advanced Studies Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 (distributed between two semesters toward tuition)

Description: This scholarship is awarded to individuals with aMaster of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS) or a Master's degree in a closely related field such as history, educational technology or computer science, who want toupdate their knowledge and develop a specialty relating to the acquisition, organization, storing and dissemination and maintenance of digital collections and services.

Number of Awards: Five awarded annually. This award is subject to availability of funds.

Eligibility Criteria: Academic merit based on graduate performance. Incoming students only.

Application Procedure: All incoming students admitted to the CAS Digital Libraries are considered.

Application Deadline: None

Stipulations: Recipients must be enrolled for at least three (3) graduate credits per semester during the first academic year and finish the program within three years.

STAR Scholarship

Thinking about moving to Wisconsin to complete your degree in person?  The School of Information Studies' SOIS Tuition Award for Residency (STAR scholarship) may be able to provide funding to offset the cost of non-residential tuition for any MLIS students who are not currently Wisconsin Residents.  Contact Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean at zahrt@uwm.edu for more information.

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