The School of Library and Information Science offers a number of scholarships for exceptional students. Some of the scholarships are specifically for incoming freshmen. Although these scholarships are one-year, non-renewable scholarships, students continuing on in our school as upperclassmen will have additional opportunities to apply for scholarships on an annual basis. See the list of scholarships for students.
A number of graduate assistantships are available to fully admitted full-time graduate students. The deadline to apply for an assistantship coincides with the deadline to apply to the school. Graduate assistants are assigned to work with faculty members, in the administrative offices, in the computer labs, and in the S.C. Center for Children's Books and Literacy. Graduate assistants work 10-20 hours a week to receive a stipend. They also receive a tuition supplement in accordance with Graduate School policies. Graduate assistantships are also available in the University Libraries and the School of Medicine Library.
The school has several fellowships for under-represented groups admitted to the graduate program, including the Cooper-Davis Fellowship in Librarianship and the Cynthia Graham Hurd Endowed Fellowship Fund. Read more about fellowships here.
We help you identify opportunities to work directly in a professional setting — to connect the classroom and the work environment. Our students land internships at local information agencies and at such places as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Students can earn class credit for most internships, and the real world experience is just what employers are seeking!
Many of our students participate in our Mentor Match program which pairs area alumni with students interested in their particular field of work. This year-long program gives students the chance to develop professional connections with alumni and to be coached by industry leaders.
Undergraduate students can apply for the Magellan Scholar program which funds student research projects and provides up to $3000 for salary, materials and/or travel. The Graduate School also offers research and travel grants. The School of Library and Information Science also provides students with funding opportunities — especially when professional development is involved.
Student Professional Organizations
The first step in your career begins while you are still in school. Another way in which our students begin networking and connecting with faculty and professionals in their field is by joining the student chapters of professional organizations. And these organizations are active! ISSA (Information Science Student Association) is our undergraduate student organization and is excited about launching a full range of activities for members, including opportunities for networking, community service engagement and career workshops. Our graduate student organizations include LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association), a student affiliate of the American Library Association, which provides numerous opportunities for professional development.