A number of professional organizations with a commitment to diversity offer funding opportunities for which UMSI students are well suited. All external scholarship awards are eligible for matching funds from UMSI (for students who have not already received an MSI tuition scholarship), up to a maximum of $10,000 and subject to availability.
The following external resources are available in addition to the traditional funding opportunities available from the School of Information. Please also review our external scholarship spreadsheet for additional scholarship opportunities.
American Library Association Spectrum Scholarships for Minority Students
The American Library Association offers a scholarship program for minority students planning to attend a master's program in information and/or library science.
Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce
Offers a stipend of up to $10,000 over two years to support graduate study in library and information science for students from underrepresented groups interested in careers in research libraries. The initiative also offers a mentoring relationship with an experienced librarian, a leadership training curriculum, and the opportunity to work in an ARL library upon graduation.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
(administered by the United Negro College Fund)
Established to provide outstanding African-American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science.
The GEM (Gateway to Educational Materials) Consortium of the US Department of Education offers fellowships with a stipend and paid summer internship to minority students in technical fields.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers competitive awards for students of Hispanic heritage.
Library & Information Technology Association Scholarships
LITA offers several scholarships for minority students.
Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)
MAES Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to MAES student members (membership is $10). The purpose of the program is to assist Hispanic students in completing their higher education goals.
Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT)
The MCWT Foundation offers scholarships to women graduate students in information systems, MIS, computer science, or computer engineering. One $5,000 graduate school scholarship, annually renewable for up to three years, will be awarded.
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver
The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver provides tuition assistance for qualifying American Indians who are Michigan residents attending public colleges and universities in Michigan. To be eligible, a student must have not less than one-quarter Indian heritage as certified by the students' tribal affiliation and must be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for at least twelve consecutive months.
(The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) has ruled that because this program is "based on a political relationship, it should not be considered a racial classification under Proposal 2." (MCRC report)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fellowships
NSBE offers fellowships for its members (membership is $10) in technically oriented graduate programs. Several SI programs, including the MSI in human-computer interaction, qualify.
Native American Scholarship Fund Scholarships
These awards are for American Indians or Alaskan Natives (one-quarter heritage or more) in science-related fields.
Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship
The award is given to minority applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship
The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession.