Departmental scholarships (free tuition for one class in your first semester and one class in your last semester) are available to new incoming degree-seeking School of Information Studies (SOIS) students. These scholarships are based on both need and meritNeed is measured by the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Merit is measured by the student's incoming GPA. A standardized test score is not required. A completed FAFSA must be on file with Dominican University’s Office of Financial Aid by the deadline. Dominican’s school code is 001750.

The scholarship eligibility and admission priority deadlines are the same:

  • Fall Semester: June 15 (for master's degree students); July 8 (for doctoral students)
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: March 15

SOIS departmental scholarships are awarded in an amount equivalent to tuition for one class in your first semester and one class in your last semester in any SOIS degree program at the times the courses are taken.

Scholarships are awarded upon receipt of this acknowledgement form by the deadline, applied upon registration for the first and last courses, and disbursed at the end of the appropriate semester's add-drop period.

Students eligible to receive SOIS departmental scholarships will be contacted by SOIS. There is no application to fill out; however, eligible students wishing to accept the offer will need to formally do so by signing and returning a scholarship Acknowledgement Form by the deadline.

Deadlines for returning the Acknowledgement Form:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring semester: December 6
  • Summer semester: April 5

SOIS departmental scholarships are generously supported by:

  • The Cromien Endowment
  • The Dean's Endowment (support future students by donating!)
  • The Denton Endowment
  • H. W. Wilson Co.
  • The Jencius Endowment
  • The McCusker Endowment
  • The PhD Scholars Endowment
Butler Youth Services Scholarship

The Butler Youth Services Scholarship program seeks MLIS candidates from backgrounds underrepresented in library science with a planned focus on service to children and young adults. Butler Scholars will contribute to the library and information science profession, specifically in the area of literature and library services to young people, by increasing diversity in the workforce and through excellence in professional preparation.

Library Technical Assistant Scholarships

Students who have been admitted to the school and have completed a library technical assistant program will be granted a 50 percent tuition scholarship for the first four courses you take from the required courses in the MLIS degree program (LIS 701, LIS 702, LIS 703, LIS 707, LIS 708, or LIS 709). Note: Students may take courses other than LIS 709 to count for their technology requirement, but only LIS 709 is included in this discounted tuition offer. Applicants for the LTA Scholarship do not need to fill out the scholarship application, nor file a FAFSA nor submit GRE or MAT scores; instead, submit a copy of your official LTA transcript at the time when you apply to the program, with a note indicating you wish to qualify for this scholarship.

Mary Wajer Scholarship

The Mary Wajer Scholarship is available to MLIS degree-seeking students with demonstrated financial need. See scholarship guidelines.

Rebecca Crown Library Teaching Internship

Calls for applications go out in late fall each year for the following academic year for two to three students interested in working in an academic library developing their teaching and presenting abilities. Interns will be mentored and supported by Rebecca Crown Library instruction librarians as they develop the ability to create new instructional content, gain confidence in teaching, and learn best practices of teaching in a library setting in order to gain the necessary skills and experience to successfully provide information literacy instruction. This is a paid, hourly position and includes a tuition waiver/scholarship for two SOIS courses. Interns must have completed LIS 702 to apply and preference is given to applicants who complete LIS 764 Advanced Instruction Strategies or LIS 734, Learning Theories and Instructional Design.

Skokie Public Library Internship Program

Calls for applications go out in late spring each year for the following academic year for three students interested in a public library internship at the award-winning Skokie Public Library. This designed learning experience will give your library career a jump-start! The group of interns will go through this experience together between September and May (10-15 hours per week). Interns receive a tuition waiver/scholarship for two SOIS courses: Fall (LIS 799-Practicum) and Spring (LIS 801-Independent Study). Students must have completed 18 credit hours of course work by the time the internship begins in the fall semester.

Collaborative Scholarships

SOIS collaborates with external partner organizations to offer additional scholarship support. Recently, we worked with the Polish American Library Association to offer the Zubrzycki Scholarship for students intending to pursue a career in youth services with a focus on multicultural programs and services, particularly with regard to the Polish American community. This list changes periodically as we forge new partnerships.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Match

See American Library Association below.

Additional Resources

A variety of financial aid from outside the university is available for students who are pursuing the MLIS or PhD. Information about available aid appears in Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, published annually by the American Library Association. Many Internet resources are also available to help students locate sources of scholarships.

American Library Association

Each year the American Library Association awards a number of scholarships to students who are seeking master's degrees in library and information science. Scholarship winners must already be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's degree program or must enter one. Factors considered include academic excellence, leadership qualities and evidence of a commitment to a career in librarianship. Several divisions and roundtables of the ALA also offer scholarships. Visit ALA for information about the various ALA scholarships. 

  • ALA Spectrum Scholarships for MLIS: In its ongoing support of diversity and inclusion in the LIS field SOIS provides matching tuition scholarships to recipients of the American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship diversity recruitment program.
Beta Phi Mu

Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society of library and information science, offers a number of scholarships and fellowships for master's and doctoral students. Five scholarships and up to six Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded annually. The Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Review Committee meets during May and recipients are announced at the Beta Phi Mu General Assembly G-ALA in conjunction with the ALA Annual Meeting in June. Learn more or apply.