Wayne State University

SLIS Scholarships

Below are the scholarships available to new and continuing LIS students. Students may apply for these awards between February 15 and March 15 each year for the next academic year.

During the application period, a webform application link will be open below.

The award amounts range from $500-$1,500 per scholarship.

Bath, Isabel James Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement: 3.5

Type: Departmental

This scholarship fund was established by the Bath Family Foundation in honor of Isabel James Bath, class of 1952. The scholarship fund recognizes scholastic achievement, to encourage continued progress, and to provide assistance to students in financing their education in the School of Library and Information Science. Recipients need not demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate plans to serve as a school librarian in Michigan or who wish to be a public or academic librarian within the state of Michigan.  

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.  

Casey, Genevieve M. Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes scholastic achievement, encourage continue progress, and provide assistance to students in the School of Library and Information Science who demonstrate a commitment to serving disadvantage and under-served communities. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need.

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.

Field, Judith J. Scholarship

Award of variable amount recognizing scholastic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA), qualities of character and leadership, and financial need. Students must demonstrate innovation in their approach to librarianship and/or a commitment to urban librarianship or arts/museum librarianship. Award established by Judith J. Field, Senior Lecturer, SLIS.

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.

Groen, Paulette E. Endowed Scholarship

GPA Requirement:  3.2

Type:  Departmental

Paulette Groen graduated from Wayne State with a bachelor’s degree in Latin and English and became a teacher with Livonia Public Schools. While helping her English students research a paper at the library, she was encouraged by the librarian to consider librarianship as a career. Ms. Groen decided to pursue library science and she completed her MLIS at Wayne State in 1972. After practicing librarianship in several areas, she served as the senior librarian at the Visteon Corporation. Now retired, Ms. Groen has a legacy of service leadership and community engagement.

This scholarship fund was established to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued progress, and to provide assistance to students in financing their SLIS education. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a career commitment to public, urban, children and youth and/or special librarianship.  

Holley, Robert P. Endowed Scholarship

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

This award gives preference to students who have worked in or been involved with libraries serving urban communities in the 50 largest American cities by population. 

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

Supported by alumnae and other friends of the School, 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 assistance 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.
 

Spang, Lothar Memorial Scholarship

The award supports students with financial need who demonstrate career plans to serve as a school or public librarian in underserved urban communities.

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.