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.

Application Based Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 1 (for Fall Tuition)

How to Apply:
Please apply for all application based scholarship opportunities through UWM’s Panther Scholarship Portal. https://uwm.academicworks.com/ 

Scholarships


Arthur and Irene Burckel Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

Description: This award funds scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the School of Information Studies.


Carol M. Reinagle Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000 Non-Renewable

Description: Named in honor of Carol M. Reinagle, who dedicated 24+ years of service to school librarianship. She earned her bachelor’s degree as a non-traditional student and went on to pursue an MLIS degree. Carol was known as an innovator, technology pioneer, and lifelong learner. Awarded to students pursuing school librarianship (at the post-bacc certificate level or MLIS with School Librarianship concentration ) for a career in school library media.


Marlene Thompson Atkielski and Donald Atkielski Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

Description: Marlene Thompson Atkielski began her teaching career after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Education from Alverno College. She then went on to UWM to receive a Masters in Library Science. Marlene served as a school librarian in the New Berlin and Wauwatosa School Systems. Marlene was a member of Pi Lambda Theta at UWM. She had the highest regard for the professors who offered both challenges and opportunities. The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the MLIS with the School Librarianship concentration.


Ted Samore Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

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.


Mary McAndrews Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

Description: This scholarship is awarded to an MLIS student based on academic merit and financial need.


Timothy L. Ericson Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

Description: The Timothy L. Ericson Scholarship in Archival Studies honors the founder and long-term Director of the SOIS Archival Studies Program, Timothy L. Ericson, whose contributions to SOIS have supported his colleagues, inspired his students and brought many new and talented individuals to the archives profession.


Barbara G. Bartley Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 Non-Renewable

Non-Application Based Scholarships

All students entering the MLIS & MSIST programs who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for these awards. Students admitted to the School of Information Studies by the early deadline of the desired term of admission (March 1 for Fall, November 1st for Spring) receive first consideration for the awards listed below.

Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award (MLIS/MSIST)

Award Amount: $2,000
This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Awarded to incoming MLIS and MSIST students


SOIS New Graduate Student Award (MLIS/MSIST)

Award Amount: $2,000
This award is subject to availability of funds.

Description: Awarded to incoming MLIS and MSIST students

H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500 Non-Renewable

Description: Awarded to an entering or continuing MLIS student with an expressed interest in information technology or library automation.


Dean’s Scholarship

Award Amount: $1000 Non-Renewable

Description: The SOIS Alumni Association awards this scholarship to a full-time graduate student based on academic achievement.

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

WLA Scholarships & Grants

WLA Scholarships & Grants
(WLAF Library Education Scholarships are available for students pursuing a MLIS at UW-Milwaukee SOIS).

ALA Scholarships