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Centennial Library Scholarship Award in Library Science

The scholarship encourages the next generation of Christian librarians by providing graduate school tuition support for the Master's degree in Library and Information Science. The Centennial Library faculty used a generous gift from a 1997 Cedarville University alumnus to establish the scholarship in 1998. Students may apply during their senior year and for two years after graduation. The award is made directly to the graduate school in which the recipient is enrolled for the M.L.I.S.

Application and Award Process

  • Applicants must complete the Award application form (including a short essay) between January 15 and February 5 and provide a letter of reference from a CU faculty member.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must begin an MLIS program within 2 years of graduation. Students from all majors are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will be asked to participate in an interview with the library faculty scholarship committee.
  • The award will be presented to the recipient at the annual University Academic Honor's Day chapel.


“I am so grateful that, because of this scholarship, I was able to pursue my MLIS degree right out of Cedarville. Now as a Youth Services Librarian, I am continuously thankful to the Centennial library for giving me such a great boost into the professional library world!"  
Sharon Tapia (‘17), MLIS - Ocean County Library

“After graduating from Cedarville in 2015, I received the library science scholarship for my first semester at Kent State's iSchool in the fall of 2016. This financial momentum allowed me to pursue grad school right away, rather than taking time off to just work. I was then able to land a full time academic librarian position at Trinity International University while still in school! Cedarville's librarians, library internship program, and library scholarship all played a large part in getting me to where I am today! I am extremely grateful!”
Taylor Wilcox (‘15), MLIS - Trinity International University Rolfing Library

For additional information, please contact:

Josh Michael, MLIS
Dean of Library Services