As a SISLT graduate student there are various sources of financial aid that you might be able to tap. Please note that you have to be admitted to a degree-seeking program in order to receive financial aid.
MU Financial Aid
The MU Student Financial Aid Office has information on the various forms of financial aid that are available to degree-seekers. A Financial Aid Advisor is also available to discuss your particular needs.
MU Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships can provide you with financial support while pursuing an advanced degree, as well as the opportunity for professional experience and academic training.
Scholarship Application: Scholarship applications are considered once per year in the spring with awards distributed during the following fall/spring academic term. By filling out this online form before March 1, both currently enrolled students and prospective students are automatically considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Online Graduate Scholarship Application
Information Science & Learning Technologies PhD Scholarships
The David H. Jonassen scholarship is named for SISLT’s only Curator’s Professor — Dr. David H. Jonassen — who passed away in December 2012. This scholarship will be awarded to support an exceptional SISLT doctoral student who demonstrate an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) areas of learning, meaningful problem solving, or educational psychology.
Learning Technologies Scholarships
Although no current graduate scholarships have the criteria for giving their money specifically to the Learning Technologies degree program, general scholarship money has been available each year. For more information about scholarships for Learning Technologies students, contact MizzouEdScholarships@missouri.edu.
LIS program alumni and friends have generously endowed the following scholarships for students pursuing the LIS degree.
- Bryce Allen Memorial Scholarship
Family, friends and colleagues established this fund in 2004 in memory of Bryce Allen to provide awards to students enrolled in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies in the College of Education.
Absolute Criteria: Graduate status, enrolled in SISLT.
- Doris J. Athy Scholarship
Established by Doris J. Athy in 2001, this fund supports students enrolled in the School of Library and Information Science on the University of Missouri campus.
Absolute Criteria: Graduate status, enrolled in SISLT, must file a FAFSA and show financial need.
- C. Edward and Greta S. Carroll School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies Endowment
Edward C. and Greta S. Carroll established this gift in 2001 for support of graduate students in the School of Information Sciences and Learning Technologies in the College of Education.
Absolute Criteria: SISLT, as designated by the director.
- Lucille Marie Cobb Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established in 1996 in memory of Lucille Marie Cobb to benefit graduate students majoring in library science in the School of Information Sciences & Learning Technologies.
Absolute Criteria: SISLT graduate majoring in Library & Information Science
- Constance Loraine Hill Memorial Fund in Library and Informational Science
Established in 1994 by Rhona Williams in memory of her mother, Constance Loraine Hill, to provide scholarships to African-American students enrolled in the Library and Information Science program.
Absolute Criteria: SISLT, African American student
- Edward P. Miller Library and Information Science Scholarship
Established in 1993, this was the second scholarship established by Dr. Miller. He was a professor in the School of Library & Informational Sciences for twelve years, and served as Dean for ten of the twelve years.
Absolute Criteria: School of Library & Informational Science student, as designated by the director.
- Ralph H. Parker Endowment for Excellence in the School of Library and Information Science
This is the first scholarship established by Dr. Edward P Miller in 1988. Dr. Miller was a professor in the School of Library & Informational Science for twelve years and served as Dean for ten of those twelve years.
Absolute Criteria: School of Information Science & Learning Technologies student, as designated by the director.
- Ruth Tandy Royse Fellowship in Library Science
Ruth Tandy Royse, a 1916 graduate of MU, established this fund in 1971. Mrs. Royse worked in the University of Missouri library and wanted to study library science but the school had not yet been established. After the School of Library and Informational Science was established, she worked with the Dean to provide this first scholarship gift. This fellowship supports students with academic achievement and potential for development as a librarian with preference given to a graduate of MU.
Absolute Criteria: Graduate students in Library & Information Science, based on academic record, potential for development as a librarian and must fill out FAFSA and show financial need.
- Sharon Willis Memorial Prize
This scholarship was established in 1979 in memory of Sharon Willis, who was a faculty member in the College of Education. It is awarded to a graduate student in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies who has made significant contributions in the area of children’s literature or children’s library services.
Absolute Criteria: Graduate students in SISLT who have made significant contributions in the area of Children’s Literature or Children’s Library Services.
- H. W. Wilson Foundation Library Science Scholarship
This scholarship is supported by the H.W. Wilson Foundation with a gift of $10,000 to each of the 56 graduate library and information studies schools in the U.S. and Canada that are accredited by the American Library Association.
Absolute Criteria: Graduate students in School of Library & Information Science
- Midwest Library Service Scholarship
Established in 2019 by Midwest Library Service, this fund supports students pursuing a Master of Library Science degree, with preference for students intending to work in a library after graduation.
External LIS Scholarships
In addition to internal sources, you should also consider external funds. The Missouri Library Association, Nebraska Library Association, the Missouri State Library, and various other agencies make scholarship funds available for students.