Funding & Scholarships
Scholarships for Underrepresented Races/Ethnicities
ALA Spectrum Scholarship
Annually provides up to 50 students from racial and ethnic underrepresented groups with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds as they pursue a master’s degree in library and information science.
American Indian College Fund
Non-renewable scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a state or federally recognized tribe or descended from an enrolled tribe member. Must have GPA of at least 2.0 to apply.
APIASF Scholarship Program
Several scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander students who are the first generation in their family to attend college or university and are enrolling as undergraduates for the coming year. Amounts range from one-time awards of $2,500 to multi-year $20,000 awards. Must have GPA of at least 2.7 and apply for the FAFSA.
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships
A collection of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.
* Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship
Awards $5,000 scholarships renewable up to four years to high school seniors of African descent pursuing majors in technology. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and demonstrate financial need.
Cherokee Nation Scholarship Program
Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who hold Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship.
Chickasaw Nation Scholarships
A collection of grants and scholarships for Chickasaw citizens pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
* George A. Strait Minority Scholarships
Annual rewards for minority law librarianship students. Must also qualify for an AALL Educational Scholarship and demonstrate financial need.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
The program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; demonstrate financial need, and be a citizen of the U.S.
The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship
Awards $2,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years for African-American high school seniors, first year undergraduates, and new transfer students. Must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate financial need and a commitment to public service.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Awards up to $28,000 over four years for minority high school students. Must be a U.S. citizen and demonstrate financial need.
LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship
Awarded annually by Library Systems and Service, Inc. and LITA in the amount of $2,500, this scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who demonstrate potential in and have a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries an who are qualified members of a principal minority group. Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship
Awarded jointly annually by OCLC, Inc. and LITA in the amount of $3,000, this scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who demonstrate potential in and have a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries and who are qualified members of a principal minority group. Must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship Program
Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students who hold Osage Nation citizenship.
* The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Awards for one to two years of graduate study for students who are immigrants or children of immigrants.
* Red Thread Foundation Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship and year-long mentorship for first year women students of an international background, including immigrants and first-generation Americans. The scholarship may be used for anything related to the winner’s education, including tuition, materials, and living expenses.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Awards four-year $40,000 scholarships to African-American high school seniors. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Scholarships for the LGBTQA Community
* Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund
A needs-based scholarship for an undergrad who is GLBT or the child of GLBT parents and is a resident of Oregon or southwest Washington.
Deaf Queer Youth Scholarship
$500 scholarship for deaf lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer students who are out about their sexual orientation/identity. You must be under the age of 25, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and have U.S. citizenship.
Donald O. Coffman Scholarship
Funds current and future LGBTQ and straight-ally leaders and role models
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships
Awards $19,000 in individual scholarships to gay men who want to continue their education beyond high school at a college or university. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including associate’s, bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Must have U.S. citizenship.
* Greater Seattle Business Association Scholarship
Funds scholarships for LGBTQ and Allied residents of Washington who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and who are actively involved in school and community organizations.
Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship
Funds graduating LGBT high school seniors entering a bachelor’s degree program who have demonstrated leadership skills and have a passion for making positive social change.
Awards scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 and who are actively and substantially involved in community service.
Lee S. Burke Scholarship
Funds current and future LGBTQ and straight-ally leaders and role models.
* National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. (NOGLSTP) Scholarships
Out to Innovate scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
* PFLAG National GLBT Scholarship Program
To be eligible, you must be a graduating high school senior who self-identifies as either a GLBT person or supporter who demonstrates an interest in service to the GLBT community.
Pride Foundation Scholarships
Awarded to people who show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study; who lack a broader LGBTQ community support system; and who face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically, or politically disenfranchised.
Thelma Fisher Dewitty Scholarship
Funds current and future African-American LGBTQ leaders and role models.
Trans Identified Scholarship
Funds current and future trans-identified student leaders and role models.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Established by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Library Service to Special Populations Section (LSSPS) and the Library Service to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities Forum, the one-time award of $2,500 funds services or accommodations not provided by the university that will enable the student to successfully complete a course of study for a master’s or doctorate degree in Library Science. Must have U.S. or Canadian citizenship.
College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Great website for a variety of financial aid and scholarships based on disability category.
Another site that has a multitude of scholarships based on differing disability categories.
Google Lime Scholarship
For undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students currently enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada. You must intend to be enrolled full-time; demonstrate strong academic performance; be a student with a visible or invisible disability; exemplify leadership; and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer technology.
You must be attending higher education during the funding cycle, maintain a full-time enrollment, and have a documented disability. Available to Oregon and southwest Washington residents, or attending college there.
Microsoft disability Scholarship
The scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this non-renewable scholarship is $5,000.
This is a website dedicated to providing a variety of disability scholarships that are funded by a variety of scholarship providers with different requirements.
Scholarships for Veterans
AMVETS National Scholarship Program
Award of $1,000 renewable for up to 4 years for undergraduate and graduate students who are honorably discharged United States veterans. May be used for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books or other required materials.
Tillman Scholars Program
Renewable scholarships for full-time undergraduate or graduate veterans, active-duty service members, and military spouses. May be used for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books or other required materials. Award amounts based on need and average $10,000 per academic year. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Scholarships for Homeless/Formerly Homeless Students
NAEHCY Scholarship Program
Two $2,000 scholarships awarded annually. Eligible to students under age 21 who were homeless during K-12 education.
* Open to Undocumented/DACA