Awards & Scholarships

Awards

Scholarships

  • Offered for FALL 2021: Three $1,000 Merryll Penson MLIS Scholarships (Deadline: February 12)
    The Department of Library and Information Studies in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services is excited to announce the $1,000 Merryll Penson Scholarships are expected to continue for the summer or fall 2021 semesters. Merryll Penson is the retired Executive Director of Library Services in the Office of Instructional and Information Technology in the University System of Georgia. These scholarships are made possible by many generous donations made in honor of Merryll Penson on the occasion of her retirement from the University System of Georgia. Application for these scholarships are due February 12. Application Guidelines
  • One - Baker Family MLIS Scholarship (Deadline: February 12)$1,000 scholarship available to students currently enrolled in the VSU MLIS program with at least a 3.0 GPA. Preferential consideration will be given to students from the counties including and contiguous to Lowndes County, Georgia (Lowndes, Brooks, Cook, Berrien, Lanier, Echols). If no students from the preferred counties apply for the Baker Family Scholarship, then applications from students who reside within the State of Georgia will be considered. Application Guidelines

  • VSU MLIS Merit Scholarship (Deadline for Spring: December 1, Deadline for Summer-Fall: February 12)Available to students currently enrolled in the VSU MLIS program who show proven progress toward the MLIS degree.Application Guidelines

  • College of Education and Human Services Scholarships: MLIS students may be eligible for certain Dewar College of Education and Human Services scholarships.  Please see the College’s scholarships webpage at: https://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/deans-office/coehs-scholarships/   

  • The American Association of Law Librarians Scholarship Committee 
    Several scholarships available to assist individuals in becoming a law librarian. 
    Application information: http://www.aallnet.org/services/scholarships.asp
  • Medical Library Association Scholarship 
    $5000 for a person entering an MLIS program or who has yet to finish one-half of the program.
    Application Information: http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=47

  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowships
    Up to 25 fellowships awarded annually, applicants must be African American U.S. citizens. 
    Application Information: http://www.fefonline.org/mdf.html

Honor Societies

Valdosta State University was inducted as the Beta Beta Mu (ΒΒΜ) chapter of Beta Phi Mu (ΒΦΜ), the library and information honor society in June 2008. ΒΦΜ offers a number of scholarships for beginning and advanced students as well as post-graduate librarians (see below).

New members are chosen by the MLIS faculty from among VSU MLIS graduating students. For more information about the honor society, visit http://beta-phi-mu.org/