Student Employee Scholarship

Student employees provide critical staffing for programs and services benefiting the entire University of Iowa community. The University Libraries offers a competitive scholarship for undergraduate students working in the Libraries system* as a way to recognize, support, and motivate students in their scholarship, research, and creative work at the University. The Student Employee Scholarship Fund, started and primarily funded by the staff of the University Libraries, recognizes the achievement and contributions of our fine student employees.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Full-time UI undergraduate student who will be a continuing student in the following fall semester.
  • Strong academic performance, excellent job performance, and in good standing with the University, with preference for a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Employed by the Libraries* for a minimum of two complete semesters (do not need to be consecutive; you may apply during your second semester if it is the spring semester when the application process occurs)
  • Able to articulate how employment in the Libraries will impact future success.


The scholarship is awarded for one academic year as a non-refundable scholarship to pay educational expenses applied to the U-bill.  The number and amount of the awards is determined annually by the University Librarian, with a minimum of two, unless no applicants meet requirements. Previous winners may reapply in subsequent years.

Scholarship winners may be asked to attend Libraries’ events (e.g., fund raising dinner, staff meeting), and allow their likeness to be used in library publicity regarding the scholarship program.

Application Procedures

  • Fill out the online scholarship application form ( by Friday, March 3, 2017.
  • The applicant will need to attach to the online application form the following 2 items:
    1. An essay of no more than 500 words that describes:
      • the student’s background;
      • the most interesting aspect of working in the library; and,
      • how working in the library helps to advance their academic or career goals.
    2. Also attach a MyUI Grade Report to verify GPA.
  • In addition to the online application with the essay and grade report, a support statement from the applicant’s supervisor is required. The supervisor should address these questions in no more than 500 words: 1) What sets the student apart, and 2) How the student’s position/attitude/dedication contributes to the success of the department. The supervisor should send their statement via email to by March 3, 2017.

A Selection Committee, appointed by the University Librarian, will review applications and recommend award recipients. Applications will be evaluated on how well the applicant’s essay and the supervisor’s statement describe how the applicant meets award criteria. Final decision rests with the University Librarian; awardees will be notified after March 27, 2017.

Please note that if the applicant is receiving financial aid from the UI Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), this scholarship may impact their financial aid.  If it does, OSFA will notify the student.


* The University Libraries includes the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and the Art, Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Music libraries. Students employed in the Law Library and other campus departmental libraries are not eligible, unless also employed at one of the listed University Libraries.

Scholarship Winners