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Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) at Wayne State University annually administers financial aid funds from federal, state, university and private sources. Some financial aid programs are need-based, other programs are non-need based, and awards are given in recognition of special skills, talents, or academic ability. Financial Aid at Wayne State is awarded in the form of a “package” and generally consists of four types of aid: grants, scholarship, loans, and employment.

Financial assistance may be available to new and continuing students in the School of Library and Information Science. Scholarships, graduate student assistantships, work-study opportunities, and Wayne State University student loans are available. Please note that international students are not eligible for financial aid but may be eligible for program scholarships or assistantships.

In addition to the SLIS scholarships, students may also apply for scholarships through the Graduate School and library and information science professional associations. LIS students with strong academic records are successful in receiving Graduate Professional Scholarships awarded through the Graduate School. Please visit the Graduate School's Scholarships and Fellowships page for more information.

Graduate Student Assistantships (GSAs) are available through WSU's Library System. Please visit our Student Employment page for more information.

Please visit the Diversity Scholarships page to see a list of scholarships for students from under-represented backgrounds.

Below are the scholarships available to new and continuing LIS students. Students may apply for these awards between January 1 and February 15 each year for the next academic year. During the application period, a webform application will link will be open below.

 

The SLIS Award Applications

Bath, Isabel James Endowed Scholarship

Type of Scholarship: Departmental

This scholarship was established by the Bath Foundation in honor of Isabel James Bath who graduated from Wayne State in 1951 and pursued a career as a school librarian. The award recognizes scholastic achievement and provides assistance to students who plan to pursue careers as school, public or academic librarians in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Benedetti, Rosemary Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Rosemary Benedetti graduated with a bachelor's degree from the College of Education and a master's degree from the College of Library Science at Wayne State. Benedetti went on to work as an elementary school library for the Detroit Public Schools for 33 years. This scholarship fund was established to recognize scholastic achievement and assist students pursuing a career in school librarianship.  

Dean's Merit Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.75
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Possess a minimum of 3.75 undergraduate grade point average. Possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Be admitted to the School of Library and Information Science. Register for at least six credit hours in the Fall semester. Have completed fewer than 13 hours toward the MLIS degree.
 

Ellison, Sallie Memorial Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. This award encourages continued academic progress and provides assistance to students who reflect Ms. Ellison's dedication to inner city, urban, minority communities and to quality library service; recipients will be selected based upon scholastic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.0, qualities of character, leadership, and financial need.

Francis, Gloria A. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental
Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Preference given to students with a special interest and expertise in the areas of rare books and archives. Recipients will be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and qualities of character and leadership. Financial need may be considered. The donor assists in the selection of the winner(s).
 
 

Grazier, Margaret Hayes Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science who demonstrates an interest in school library media or youth services. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement; a grade point average of at least 3.0; qualities of character and leadership, and financial need.

Holley, Robert P. Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental
 
Any graduate student admitted to the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients will be selected on the basis of high scholastic achievement and desirable qualities of character and leadership.

Larson, Miriam T. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

​Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science who has declared a specialization in health sciences/medical libraries. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and qualities of character and leadership. Students must demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences and/or medical libraries profession.

Library and Information Science Alumni Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.6
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science who has completed at least six (6) credit hours. Recipients must possess a grade point average of 3.6 or higher, be active in student associations and activities, submit a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member as well as a pipeline transcript record, agree to remain in the Program until completion of the degree and complete the degree within 6 years. The Library and Information Science Alumni Association (LISAA) assists in the selection of the scholarship winner(s). Scholarship winners will be appointed as the LIS student representative on the LISAA board. Recipients will be selected based upon scholarship, qualities of character, leadership, and financial need.
 

LIS General Scholarship

GPA Requirement: N/A (Based on academic achievement)
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Supported by alumnae and other friends of the Program, general scholarships recognize students who demonstrate academic achievement, potential for leadership, and financial need.
 

Long, Margery A. Scholarship for Archival Administration

Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Named after longtime Audiovisual Archivist Marge Long, who began her career in 1972 at Wayne State University's Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs. This scholarship fund recognizes scholastic achievement and encourages continued academic progress. The award provides assistance to students in financing their education in the field of Archival Administration at Wayne State University.
 

Mika, Joseph J. and Marianne Hartzell-Mika Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.5
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science (minimum 3.5 GPA). This scholarship was established by long-time SLIS Professor and former Director Joseph Mika and his wife, Marianne Hartzell-Mika, to recognize high scholastic achievement and to assist students currently working in a library.
 

Pepper, Roger S. and Muriel A. Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Award of variable amount, which recognizes scholastic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA) and provides financial assistant to full-time or part-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in or accepted for study in the School of Library and Information Science. Applicants need not demonstrate financial need. Award established by Alice and Barbara Pepper in memory of their parents, Roger S. and Muriel A. Pepper.
 

Phillips, Edith B. Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science who demonstrates an interest in technical services. Recipients will be selected based upon scholastic achievement with a minimum grade point average of a 3.0, qualities of character and leadership, and financial need.
 

Rockall, Diane M. Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.5
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients will be selected based on scholastic achievement (minimum grade point average of 3.5) and financial need.
 

Russell, Clara Lulis Memorial Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Preference will be given to students who exemplify capacity to overcome life obstacles similar to Mrs. Russell's. They must be enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science and pursuing public librarianship. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a GPA of at least 3.0, qualities of character, leadership, and financial need.
 

Samarjian, Charles Memorial Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in or admitted into the School of Library and Information Science with a career interest in antiquarian/rare book librarianship. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, qualities of character and leadership.
 

Sherwood, Robert L. Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

A graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science with a specialization in public librarianship. Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated interest in serving the Herrick District Library or Ottawa and Allegan Counties. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and qualities of character and leadership.
 

Spyers-Duran, Peter and Jane Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and qualities of character and leadership.
 

Trepczynski, Cymbrie Pratt Endowed Scholarship for Archival Administration

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

This scholarship was established in honor of Cymbrie Pratt Trepczynski who graduated with her MLIS and Archival Administration certificate from Wayne State in 1993 and pursued a career as an archivist working on projects for GM, Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at WSU. The award recognizes scholastic achievement and provides assistance to students in the archival administration graduate certificate program.
 

Williams, Carolyn R. Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Need Based Required
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a grade point average of at least 3.0, qualities of character and leadership. Preference will be given to applicants from disadvantaged, underserved, urban communities.
 

Wilson, H. W. Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.0
Standing: Graduate
Type of Scholarship: Departmental

Any graduate student enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients shall be selected on the basis of scholastic achievement with a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 and qualities of character and leadership.