SOIS proudly offers funding opportunities awarded for both academic achievement and financial need to students entering or enrolled in the MLIS program.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on the availability of funding.

Arthur and Irene Burckel Scholarship

Application Deadline: Feb. 1

Award Amount: $1,500

Number of Awards: One awarded annually.

This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: This award funds 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.

Application Link: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8ugJZgURx58EvDn

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.

Application Link: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_837nTAhzQsDb1FX

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.

Application Link: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0eQYeRqOO29GO0t

Mary 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

Application Link: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eX2trZYx14yfXU1

Dean's Scholarship

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 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.

Application Link: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2lSrQ05kxCXu1lb

 

No application is required for the following Scholarships

All students entering the MLIS program who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for these awards.

MLIS Chancellor's Student Award

Application Deadline: Admitted by Feb. 1 (Fall Semester); Oct. 15 (Spring Semester)

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 graduate credits per semester during the two academic year semesters of the award (fall-spring for fall/summer awardees; spring-fall for spring awardees).

WLA Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: Admitted by Feb. 1st (Fall Semester)

Award Amount: $950

Number of Awards: Recipients are selected by UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee in alternate years

Description: Wisconsin Library Association Foundation awards a scholarship to a student of African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American/Alaskan Native descent who has been admitted to a master’s degree program in library and information science at a Wisconsin school for the coming academic year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current or permanent Wisconsin resident
  • Admitted to a master’s degree program in library and information science or in library media at a Wisconsin school during the coming academic year beginning with the fall term as a part-time or full-time student.
  • African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American/Alaskan Native descent

I have been awarded a scholarship, now what?

Award recipients are notified prior to the semester the award is granted via UWM email and/or letter mailed to the address listed in PAWS. Check your PAWS account before the semester starts to ensure the funds have dispersed. Full tuition is due by the first day of classes.

External Funding

UWM Graduate School Funding Sources

Please visit the UWM Graduate School website for complete details on Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, Travel Awards, Student Loans and On-Campus Employment opportunities.

UWM Graduate School: Types of Funding

External Funding Sources