Student Employee Scholarships

The University of Iowa Libraries thanks its numerous friends for supporting scholarships for our student employees. Student employees provide critical staffing for programs and services benefitting the entire UI community. These scholarships are a way to recognize, support, and motivate students in their scholarship, research, and creative work at the University. Applications for the UI Libraries’ scholarships will be available from January 29, 2018 to March 2, 2018.

Undergraduates

Eligibility:

  • 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).

Available Scholarships:

Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz Libraries Student Employee Scholarship
Established by the children of Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz in memory of their parents. Dale came to Iowa in 1953 and served the UI Libraries for 36 years.  From 1981 until his retirement in 1986, Dale led the organization as University Librarian. Active in his profession, Dale made numerous contributions to the librarianship over his 45-year career. Four scholarships of $2,500 are available each year.

Judy and Mike Greer Scholarship in memory of Mary E. Greer
Established by Mike and Judy Greer to honor the memory of Mike’s mother, who worked for 25 years in the Main Library Circulation Department. Awarded to University Libraries’ student employees who work in the UI Main Library. If a recipient matching this stated preference cannot be found, then preference is given to student employees working in one of the other University Libraries.  One scholarship of $2,500 is available each year.

UI Libraries Student Employee Scholarship
Established by UI Libraries’ staff and supported by numerous friend as a way to recognize, support, and motivate students in their scholarship, research, and creative work at the University. Student employees at the University Libraries provide critical staffing for programs and services benefitting the entire UI community.  Generally, four scholarships of $1,500 are available each year.

Renewability:

  • The Bentz and Greer scholarships are renewable if the current award recipient continues to meet eligibility; he/she must submit a new application each year to be considered for these scholarships.
  • The UI Libraries Student Employee Scholarship is non-renewable.

Application Requirements:
Applications for the Libraries’ student employee scholarships are through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Undergraduate student employees at the UI Libraries who qualify must complete the Portal’s General Application to apply and be considered. The application is available from September to June and must be completed each year. You do not need to have a completed FAFSA to be eligible for these scholarships as they are not based on financial need.  The Libraries’ scholarships are for educational expenses only that are applied to the student’s U-bill.

Visit the Iowa Scholarship Portal (search for “Libraries”) to apply.

  1. Submit a 500 word essay which will be evaluated on originality, creativity, and enthusiasm as well as quality of writing, including clarity, grammar, and spelling. Choose ONE of the following topics for your essay: 1) What have you learned about yourself working in the UI Libraries? 2) How has working at the UI Libraries helped you in your academic work? or, 3) Share your most memorable or challenging experience working in the UI Libraries.
  2. Your supervisor at the UI Libraries must provide a letter of support on your behalf.
Past Winners

Graduates

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled and continuing full-time or part-time.
  • Must have a 3.0 UI cumulative GPA.
  • Must have completed at least two semesters of emloyment at the Libraries and will continue employment in the fall.

Application Requirements:

You must attach the following as separate PDF files to your online application:

  • Choose ONE of the following topics for your essay (maximum 500 words):
    • During your employment, what have you learned about conducting research, including finding and evaluating sources?
    • During your employment, what discoveries have you made about library tools, services, etc.?
    • How has your employment experience influenced your academic and career goals?
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards, and publications/creative works.
  • A statement (maximum 500 words) from the student’s library supervisor that describes the benefits of the student’s work and how it impacts the unit and the Libraries.

The Application Link will be sent out individually to currently employed students.  If you have questions, contact Kelly in the Administration Office (335-6093).

Renewability:

This scholarship is not automatically renewable. It current award recipient continues to meet eligibility criteria, he/she must submit a new application each year to be considered for this award.

Payment:

This monetary award will be processed through the University billing system and first be applied to any outstanding educational expenses. Any remaining funds will be disbursed to the recipient via check or direct deposit, in accordance with the student’s instructions on file.

* 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.