There are multiple scholarship opportunities available to SLIM students each academic year.
Diversity Scholarship Match
As funds permit, SLIM will match up to $20,0000 total per academic year in scholarships dispersed to current SLIM MLS students from scholarship funds offered by the following American Library Association offices and ethnic affiliates:
* American Library Association Office for Diversity
* Asian Pacific American Library Association (APALA)
* American Indian Library Association (AILA)
* Chinese American Library Association (CALA)
* Black Caucus (BCALA)
* Latinos and the Spanish Speaking Library Association (REFORMA)
Students must provide documentation of the scholarship award to their regional director prior to the beginning of the semester for which the scholarship is applicable. Documents which are accepted include: a copy of the award certificate, a copy of the award letter sent by the organization, a copy of the scholarship check or a newspaper article. The document must include:
* Scholarship name
* Recipient's name
* Scholarship dollar amount
* Semester or academic year to which the scholarship is applicable.
SLIM offers multiple scholarships each year as funds are available. To be eligible for a SLIM scholarship, you must be in your MLS program’s third (or later) semester and have completed at least twelve credit hours of SLIM coursework before the semester in which the scholarship is awarded. In addition, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (or higher). Applications are due early in October and the award will be disbursed the following spring semester. For more information regarding scholarship eligibility, see the MLS scholarship application form.
Students studying in the PhD program are generally awarded some scholarship funding each semester they are active in the program and making satisfactory progress. Eligibility is determined by enrollment, and there is no need to apply.
International Travel Scholarships are provided to enable students to participate in SLIM’s International Program. All students who are accepted into program are eligible for scholarship funding without any further application process. (Note: students may also be required to apply for matching travel grants from Emporia State University’s Office of International Education.)
Beta Phi Mu-Beta Epsilon Chapter
The Beta Epsilon Chapter offers multiple scholarships annually to outstanding Master of Library Science student(s) who demonstrate(s) scholarly achievement. Please visit the Beta Epsilon scholarship page for complete scholarship information.
ESU Graduate School
Scholarships and Awards are important sources of funding designed to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. Please visit the Graduate School scholarships page to view scholarships available through the ESU Graduate School.
EOF Student Scholarships
ESU’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides academic need-based grants, including awards to students with special expenses such as childcare, or students who have been historically under-represented in higher education. For current scholarship application information, see: EOF Student Scholarships
American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, the ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA accredited program, or for a master's degree in school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited unit. For more information on available scholarships, please visit the ALA scholarship page.