Application Procedures for Information Science Scholarships


Application process

  1. Click the button link "Apply for Scholarships" (above).
  2. Fill out your full legal name, legal address including legal state of residency.
  3. Peruse the eligibility requirements for the various scholarships. Please make note of any special requirements. The scholarship committee and IS will verify this information. Applications that do not provide correct information will be disregarded.
  4. Check the scholarship(s) for which you are applying.  Applications that check every single box will be disregarded.  No one qualifies for all the scholarships. 
  5. Fill out your student information including academic level, program of study, current and undergraduate GPA. The scholarship committee and IS will verify this information. Applications that do not provide correct information will be disregarded.
  6. In the "Letter of Application" text box, write or paste an essay of up to 1250 words detailing who you are, at what point are you in the program, your direction of study, and why you are applying for the scholarship(s). Do not provide a resume. Include a brief description of your current employment situation and statement of need.  Include a brief description of your library/information/data science-related work history. Include information on your current GPA, your GPA over all your academic work, your level of study (undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D, etc)  anticipated graduation date, "direction" in the profession (Academic librarianship, cataloging, etc), program of study (General, School Librarianship, etc) and any professional activities in which you are involved.  Applications with no letter will not be considered. If the scholarship requires special criteria, such as a specified state of residence, program of study, specific level, etc., please provide evidence that you meet that criterion.  Applications that do not show evidence of meeting the special criteria will not be considered.
  7. Solicit two letters of recommendation from current or past faculty members or employers. These do not have to be IS faculty. Ask your faculty members to compose a brief letter of recommendation as to why the scholarship is suited to you. The letter should indicate clearly whether the author is a faculty member, employer, etc. Direct your solicitee to the Faculty/Employer Reference form. They must fill out their letter of recommendation directly on that form. You may not submit letters on their behalf. Doing so will disqualify your application. In your solicitation to your faculty/employer, tell them what scholarship(s) you are applying for. Faculty/employers will not be able to complete letters without this information. 
  8. Letters of recommendation must include your name.

General Guidelines

  1. The entire IS scholarship award process is overseen by the Department of Information Science Scholarship and Awards Committee and the IS budget office. All policies and procedures are in compliance with the UNT Departmental Scholarship Office and the UNT Financial Aid office.
  2. Students should apply only to those scholarships for which they are qualified. IS cannot award scholarships to non-qualified applicants.  Students should not apply for every scholarship. No student qualifies for all scholarships.  Applications that blanket-check every scholarship will not be considered.
  3. Criteria for selection and award includes, but is not limited to: completeness of application, current and past graduate and undergraduate GPA, admission status, strength of cover letter, and strength of letters of recommendation. Awards are not based on need. 
  4. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and IS will NOT inform a student if his or her application is incomplete.  Applicants are responsible for following up with their solicitees.
  5. All application information, including GPA, IP address, etc. will be verified by the Scholarship Committee. Fraudulent applications will not be considered and will be turned over to the UNT Academic Integrity Office. 
  6. Students should ask for faculty and employer recommendations early.
  7. While it is possible a student may meet the criteria for several scholarships, only one scholarship will be awarded to a recipient per academic year.
  8. The Scholarship and Awards Committee will not acknowledge receipt of scholarship materials sent by students and recommendation letter writers. 
  9. Scholarships are awarded as funding permits. Due to finite funding, some applicants may not be awarded a scholarship.
  10. Departmental competitive scholarships may count against a student’s FAFSA limits, and awards may be reduced or denied by the UNT Financial Aid Office. 
  11. Failure to maintain enrollment or GPA as required by the scholarship will result in forfeiture of the scholarship and may require repayment of any disbursed funds.
  12. In cases where a student qualifies for multiple awards, the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to determine which scholarship is awarded. 
  13. IS scholarships do not automatically renew for multiple academic years. Students must re-apply each academic year during the appropriate application window.
  14. Receipt of a Department of Information Sciences competitive scholarship does not automatically waive out-of-state tuition status. There are many variables involved in waiver eligibility, which is determined at the time of award.  
  15. Applications must be submitted using the Department of Information Science web application submission form.  Applications submitted via email, fax, postal mail and personal delivery will not be accepted without explicit permission of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. Letters of reference must come directly from the writers and may not be forwarded to the applicant for submission. Applications that contain letters that have not been correctly and legitimately submitted by the author of the letter will not be considered,  and may be evaluated for academic dishonesty.
  16. Award notices will be sent to the email address included in the application.  
  17. Award information will not be dispensed in any manner prior to the distribution of award notices. 
  18. Award recipients are required to sign an award acceptance letter and furnish a letter of thanks to the scholarship donor. Instructions to that affect are included in the award notice sent to students.