SOIS Statement on Diversity

The UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS) acknowledges the educational and social benefits that flow from having a diverse faculty, staff, and student body committed to inclusion and equity. The concept of diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, disability, religious belief, and political belief. We welcome the opportunity to enrich our individual and collective experiences.

Diversity Resources

Diversity Scholarships/Fellowships

SOIS Funding Resources

Dean’s Diversity Scholarship
The Dean’s Diversity Scholarship is open to all new and continuing IST undergraduate majors (part-time, full-time, onsite, online). You must be enrolled in a 3 credit IST course in the semester the award is granted and must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Consideration is based on recent academic achievement and application.
Award Amount: $1,000 Non-Renewable
Award Issued: Fall & Spring Semesters. Award subject to availability of funds.

Lorenzo Henderson Scholarship
The Lorenzo Henderson Scholarship is available for students in the BSIST program. This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Intended for members of racial or ethnic minority groups underrepresented in higher education within the UW System, with a preference in the following order: Native American, Latina, and African-American students. Preference for female students. Scholarship recipients will also be offered the opportunity for a paid internship with SOIS Tech for the spring semester.
Eligibility Criteria: Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the BSIST program with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students must submit FAFSA and supporting documents to determine financial need.
Award Amount:$1,000
Award Issued:
 One awarded annually. Award subject to availability of funds.

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External Funding Resources

WLA Diversity Scholarship
WLA 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. Recipients are selected by UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee in alternate years.

ALA Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program
Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, the American Library Association affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services. Note: UWM SOIS offers matching Spectrum Funding

UWM Campus Diversity Resources
Professional Organizations