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Penn State University Libraries

Scholarship Opportunities


Dean's Administrative Office
510 Paterno Library
(814) 865-0401

Libraries—more than just books

As information specialists, today's librarians use a variety of resources, including the latest technologies, to inspire learning. Choosing a career in library and information science will allow you to do this and much more.

Careers in this field offer:

  • fulfilling work using knowledge in your field of study;
  • opportunities to work with many different people in the academic, business, and public realm;
  • research and teaching opportunities; and
  • technological alternatives, including cutting-edge computing and information delivery on the World Wide Web.

Scholarship Descriptions

Martha Conner Memorial Award

This scholarship was established to help a student complete the undergraduate program at Penn State. It is available to qualified undergraduate students who plan to go to graduate library school and who need funds to meet necessary college expenses while at Penn State. It was established in 1964 by Grace C. Whitmore in memory of her sister, Martha Conner, who was a member of the University Libraries staff. More information about the Martha Conner Memorial Award.

Adma Hammam Shibley Memorial Scholarship in Library Science

This scholarship recognizes and provides financial assistance to undergraduate students planning careers in the field of library science. First consideration is given to undergraduates in the University identified as planning careers in and having a commitment to the field of library science; second consideration is given to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts. This scholarship was established in 1981 by Raymond N. Shibley, Penn State Class of 1947, in memory of his family and in honor of his mother, Adma Hammam Shibley, a member of the Pattee Library staff from 1945 to 1949. More information about the Adama Hammam Shibley Memorial Scholarship.

Ava Faltz-Miller Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to outstanding students who have demonstrated interest in library or information science. Consideration for this scholarship is given to all full-time junior students who are currently enrolled at Penn State, and who have demonstrated interest in library studies, information services, and/or librarianship. The family of Ava Faltz-Miller established this scholarship in her memory in 1992. More information about the Ava Faltz-Miller Memorial Scholarship.

Irene Cheng Memorial Award

The Irene Cheng Memorial Award was established by the friends and family of Irene Cheng, a former employee of Audio-Visual Services, to honor and recognize outstanding achievement by undergraduate students. More information and how to apply for the Irene Cheng Memorial Award. Application due no later than the last day of classes spring semester. 

How to Apply

Interested students should:

  • Submit a letter of application along with the scholarship application form to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, 510 Paterno Library, University Park, PA 16802, no later than the last day of classes in spring semester. The letter should provide information on the applicant's background and interest in librarianship, and it should include the names of three references who are familiar with the applicant's library work experience, or career interest, who will provide letters of reference.
  • At the same time the letter of application and form are submitted, students will ask their references to send letters of recommendation to the Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. Submissions can also be sent via e-mail to Sandy Confer (
  • Note: Applicants must have a completed Financial Aid Form, "Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," on file with the Office of Student Aid, 314 Shields.

Download application form here: Scholarship Application (PDF) 

Other Opportunities

Cynthia M. Joyce Trustee Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Penn State University park who have demonstrated need for funds. Selection will be made from the Student Financial Aid pool.

James E. Wright, Jr. Memorial Endowment in the Life Sciences Library Grant-in-Aid

The grant-in-aid student assistant will work with the staff in the Life Sciences Library to support work being done in assessing collections, staffing the service desk,  enhancing the virtual presence of the Life Sciences Library in various Social Media venues, creating physical and virtual displays that showcase Life Sciences subject areas, colleges, and other special projects. Selections will be made through the Library Human Resources Office at the beginning of each semester where it will be listed in the job openings.