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Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

Phone: 402-471-2045
(Lincoln & outside Nebraska)
800-307-2665 (Nebraska only)
Fax: 402-471-2083

21st Century Librarian Scholarships

NOTE: Due to the discontinuation of funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant, all scholarships have been suspended until further notice.


  • Application Availability: February 11, 2011, to March 3, 2014
  • 2014 Online Application Deadlines: March 3. The Nebraska Library Commission must receive your validated and accepted application by no later than 4:59 p.m., Central Time, of the appropriate deadline date.
  • 2014 Letters of Recommendation Deadlines (if mailed): postmarked February 18
  • 2014 Deadlines for Transcripts: postmarked postmarked February 18
  • 2014 Scholarship Award Dates: April 1
  • Scholarship Award Amount: Up to $3,500, depending on course of study
  • Awarding Agency: Nebraska Library Commission
  • Eligible Applicants: Legal residents of the state of Nebraska
  • Guidelines and Criteria: See below


Libraries in the 21st century need librarians with 21st century skills—and this scholarship program will help you develop those skills. Not only does this program help with tuition, fees and class-related materials, it will support you in your education and professional development with funds that may be used to purchase laptop computers, attend national professional conferences, and join professional associations. This dynamic program includes enhanced learning opportunities such as the 21st Century Skills Seminar, webinars, face-to-face training, and online social networking. If you are a Nebraska resident pursuing an education in library science, you are eligible to apply.

Scholarships may be used for tuition (for coursework contributing toward a certificate or degree), course-required materials, and school-assessed fees at the following levels:

Library and Information Services (LIS, formerly LTA) Professional Certificate

Associate of Arts or Science Degree in Library and Information Services (LIS, formerly LTA)

Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree with a major in Library and Information Science or Library Media

Scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for stipends for such things as laptop computers, professional association dues, and regional or national conference attendance.

The scholarships, stipends, and value-added training are offered through the Nebraska Library Commission’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, which is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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For inquiries regarding the nature of the grant program and application, contact:

  • Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, by e-mail, 402-471-4002 or 800-307-2665
  • Mary Jo Ryan, Grant Project Director, by e-mail, 402-471-3434 or 800-307-2665


As Nebraska’s state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services—“bringing together people and information.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

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Scholarship Recipients

Library and Information Services (LIS) Associate of Arts Recipients

Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Recipients

Bachelor’s Degree Recipients

Master of Education in School Library Media (MEd) Recipients

Master of Library and/or Information Science (MLS) Recipients

Ph.D. of Library Science Recipients

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Other Scholarships


The free database contains over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships.

University of Missouri College of Education Graduate Scholarship Opportunities

The College of Education offers a variety of scholarships for students enrolled as education majors, including School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).

Nebraska School Librarians Association (NSLA) [formerly Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA)] Scholarships

NLSA (formerly NEMA) offers Duane Munson, Karla Wendelin, Continuing Education, Workshop/Conference, and Presenter scholarships.

ALA Financial Assistance for Library & Information Studies Directory

Need additional financial assistance? The Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.

American Library Association (ALA) Scholarships

ALA offers scholarships for study in a master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA accredited program, or for a master's degree in school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited unit. You can apply for a variety of scholarships through the single online application hosted by the ALA Scholarship Program. Review the information on special areas of support or individual scholarship guidelines and benefits: General Scholarships; Scholarships by Specialty or Practice Area; Scholarships for Library Support Staff; Scholarships for People from Underrepresented Groups

Nebraska Library Association (NLA) Scholarships

NLA offers the Louise A. Nixon Scholarship ($1,000) and the Duane Munson Scholarship ($250). The application deadline is April 1.

P.E.O. Scholarships

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) offers several scholarships, loans, and awards for graduate education for women. For more information, contact Mary Nelson a commissioner with the Nebraska Library Commission and an advocate for libraries and librarians.

Scholarship Searches and College Planning Resources

Many college scholarship searches and planning resources are available, several of which are listed here.

ALA Spectrum Scholarships

Spectrum's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students.  Spectrum provides a one-year $5,000 scholarship and over $1,500 in professional development opportunities to eligible students planning to attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program.

Now hiring @ your library Professional Organizations Webpage

Many of the library professional organizations offer scholarships to qualified students.

Now hiring @ your library Diversity Webpage for more scholarships

Many of these library organizations offer scholarships to qualified students.


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