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. The application period is currently closed.

Undergraduates

Application Period:
The application window for undergraduate scholarships is generally from the second Monday in September through the first Friday in October.

Eligibility:

  • Full-time UI undergraduate student who will be a continuing student in the following spring 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 fall 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 friends 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.

Annual Eligibility:
Previous winners may re-apply for the UI Libraries and Greer scholarships in subsequent years; they must submit a new application each year to be considered.  Previous winners may not re-apply for the Bentz Scholarship.

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 library supervisor will receive a survey where they will rate their student employee in seven different work performance areas and answer two short-answer questions.
Past Winners: UI Libraries Employee Scholarship
  • 2018 – Stephanie Hutchins, Mikaela Johnson, Emily Lerch-Stagman, and Alexandra Ziemer
  • 2017 – Jeiran Hasan, Elizabeth Riordan, Clarice Kelling, and Melissa Lauer
  • 2016 – Stacy Garrard and Ghyas Zeidieh
Past Winners: Bentz Scholarship
  • 2018 – Jacob Edwards, Maya Guadagni, Caitlin Plathe, and Alex Spenceri
Past Winners: Greer Scholarship
  • 2018 – Emily Abell

Graduates

Application Period:
The application window for the graduate award is generally from the fourth Monday in October through the third Friday in November.

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled and continuing full-time or part-time.
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher UI cumulative GPA.
  • Must have completed at least one semester of employment at the Libraries (can apply during the first semester of employment)
  • Must continue employment in the following spring semester.

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.
  • Your library supervisor will receive a survey where they will rate their student employee in seven different work performance areas and answer two short-answer questions.

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

Annual Eligibility:

Previous winners may re-apply for this award in subsequent years.  They 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.

Past Winners: Academic Enrichment Award
  • 2018 – Zoe Webb and Suzanne Glemot