Awards List

UBC iSchool offers many awards for students, whether they are in their first year of studies, or graduating. Submissions for awards are generally due July 1 of each year. Entering or first year students do not have to apply, they are automatically considered for awards.

To apply, students must use the online application form, and upload their Application Letter and CV merged into one document (for each award).

All students applying for awards should read instructions and eligibility requirements carefully.


The iSchool Student Conference Travel Fund

The iSchool Student Conference Travel Fund is to support student travel to conferences. This funding is exclusively for those presenting in a conference. Students are able to apply for a maximum of $500 worth of iSchool Conference Travel grant funding per academic year.

Applications can be made subsequent to or following the event.

Travel award applications are collected and adjudicated three times a year. Applications collected between December to February 28 will be adjudicated in March; applications collected between March to June 30 are adjudicated in July, and applications collected between August to November 30 will be adjudicated in December. To apply for travel funding, complete the travel fund application form.


AWARDS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING UBC iSCHOOL

A gift of the Fraser Valley Regional Library is offered annually to a student entering or attending UBC iSchool and who is a resident within the Fraser Valley Regional Library's service area. The award is made to a student with sound academic standing who shows professional promise. The financial circumstances of a candidate may be a consideration. In offering this scholarship, the Board of Management of the Fraser Valley Regional Library pays tribute to Dr. Helen Gordon Stewart for her manifold leadership in the development of British Columbia libraries and particularly for her pioneering efforts in the establishment of regional library service in the Fraser Valley in the years 1930-1934. The award is made on the recommendation of the School.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Entering the MLIS program and residing within the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s service area
  • Indicators:
    • Academic standing
    • Professional promise
    • Financial circumstances may be a consideration

Application Procedure

the Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make a recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

A scholarship has been endowed in honour of Gene Joseph (MLS, 1982) by the British Columbia Library Association, First Nations Interest Group, and the University of British Columbia. The award is offered to an aboriginal graduate student at UBC iSchool. It is made on the recommendation of the iSchool, in consultation with the First Nations House of Learning and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Number
1

Eligibility

  • Registered full-time in the iSchool
  • Aboriginal student
  • Open to both domestic and international students

Application Procedure

  • Student application letter, addressing criteria and indicators, to the iSchool Director, by July 1, with short biography identifying Aboriginal community and interests; OR
  • Nomination by the Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor.

This scholarship, given by the H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc., New York, is available for a student intending to adopt librarianship as a profession. The winner is selected by the School on the basis of academic record, ability, financial need, and promise of success in the field of librarianship.
Number

1-2

Eligibility

  • Entering the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic achievement
    • Promise of success in librarianship

Application Procedure

The Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

A scholarship, the gift of a bequest of Richard David Hughes, is awarded on the recommendation of UBC iSchool to a student entering the first year of the Master of Library and Information Studies program. It is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership potential and promise of success in librarianship.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Entering the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership potential
  • Promise of success in librarianship

Application Procedure

The Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

A scholarship honouring Dr. Samuel Rothstein, founding Director of the School of Librarianship, was endowed in 1989. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of UBC iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, to a student selected on the basis of academic achievement and promise of success in librarianship. Financial circumstances of the candidate may be considered.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Entering the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic achievement
    • Promise of success in librarianship
    • Financial circumstances may be considered

Application Procedure

The Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

Scholarships have been endowed by friends and colleagues to honour Sheila Egoff’s dedication to teaching and to the profession of Library and Information Studies. The scholarships are awarded to students in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program with preference to students entering first year. The awards are made on the recommendation of the iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Entering MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic achievement

Application Procedure

Educational Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

This scholarship was established in 1972 by the UBC Alumni Association in honour of Stanley T. Arkley (B.A., 1925, LL.B., 1976, UBC). It gives recognition to his long and dedicated service to the University. Active in forming the Friends of the University of B.C. Inc. (U.S.A.), he served as its President from 1957 to 1971. Largely through his leadership this organization was not only responsible for many contributions to the University from Alumni in the United States but also for the establishment of a scholarship fund to assist sons and daughters of Alumni living in the United States to attend UBC. His special interest, however, has always been the Library, to which he has made numerous and notable gifts. It is fitting, therefore, that this scholarship is awarded to a student in Librarianship selected by the School on the basis of academic ability, promise, and personal qualities.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Entering the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    (a) Academic achievement
    (b) Promise of a success in librarianship

Application Procedure

Educational Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendation to the iSchool Director once both incoming cohorts (September and January) have been set.

 


AWARDS FOR CONTINUING STUDENTS

A $1,000 scholarship is offered annually to the student who achieves the top average grade across the core courses of the MLIS or MAS program in the preceding year. The award has been made available by the Estate of Anna Ruth Leith.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Completion of the MAS or MLIS Core
  • Indicators:
    • academic achievement

Application Procedure

Based on calculation of grades

A $1,000 scholarship is offered annually to an iSchool student who has shown exceptional promise in the areas of Science and Health Information. The award has been made available by the Estate of Anna Ruth Leith.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Completion of the MAS or MLIS Core
  • Indicators:
    • academic achievement
    • promise in the areas of Science and Health Information

A scholarship established by the Alumni Division of UBC iSchool, in honour of Margaret Burke. In her role of admissions and placement coordinator she provided students of the School with support and counselling for more than 20 years. The award is made on the recommendation of the School to a student entering the second year of any program in the School, who has demonstrated academic ability and shown promise of professional achievement. Priority will be given to alternating the award between the programs in the School if an appropriate candidate is available.

Number:

1

Eligibility

  • Continuing into the MLIS, MAS, or DUAL program (must be registering for courses in next academic year)
    Indicators:

    • Alternate the award between MLIS and MAS where feasible—
      odd numbered years MLIS / even numbered years MAS
    • Academic ability
    • Promise of professional achievement

 

Awards totalling $700 have been endowed in memory of Zainab Jenny Kanji for students in good academic standing enrolled in the iSchool. Jenny had a tremendous appreciation of her education, which enabled her to establish a deeply rewarding career.

Number
1

Eligibility

  • Demonstrated service in the UBC campus community
  • Financial need may be a consideration
  • Open to both domestic and international students

Awards for Continuing PhD Students

This award has been endowed by family and friends in honour of Anne and George Piternick. Professors Anne and George Piternick taught at the iSchool for a combined total of 48 years during which they provided, through their teaching and personal research projects, a stimulating scholarly atmosphere for library and information science research. The award will be given annually to an iSchool doctoral student to support his or her research.

Guidelines and Procedures:
1. Students must apply for the award to the Chair of Doctoral Studies by November 10.
2. An ad hoc subcommittee of the Doctoral Studies Committee will adjudicate the applications.
3. The application for the award will be a letter that includes:

a. Title of the research project
b. Objectives of the project
c. Methodology
d. Budget, with a rationale for expenses if appropriate
e. Timeline

4. It is anticipated that the award will cover such research expenses as (but not limited to) travel to consult resources or experts in the research area, travel to participate in a doctoral consortium, travel to interview research subjects, postage to disseminate research instruments, programming expenses or software for data analysis, and travel to present research results in a poster or paper.
5. The Committee reserves the right to split the award into two awards or not to give the award in an individual year.
6. The amount of the award will be advanced to the recipient; the advance must be cleared, with receipts for expenses, within 12 months
7. Recipients of the award must present to the Committee a short follow-up report, detailing how the funds were spent and the benefits realized.

Awards for Continuing MLIS Students

Two scholarships, the gift of a bequest of Amy Hutcheson (Children’s Librarian and Chief Librarian of the New Westminster Public Library, 1942 – 1973), are awarded on the recommendation of UBC iSchool to two students who are entering the second year of the M.L.I.S. program. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of specializing in children's and young adult librarianship.
Number

2

Eligibility:

  • Continuing in MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic achievement
    • A detailed outline of the planned program of study in children's and young adult services and literature courses.
    • Expressed commitment to a career in children's and young adult services
    • An expressed commitment to take a concentration of 12 or more credits in children's and young adult services and literature in the MLIS program, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

A Scholarship has been endowed by Edythe Webster for a student in the Master of Library and Information Studies program. This award is made on the recommendation of the iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • A student in the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Preference may be given to a mature student

Application Procedure
The Education Services Coordinator and Graduate Advisor make recommendations to the iSchool Director.

This scholarship was established in memory of UBC alumna Margaret Fergusson Smith (B.A. 1937) by her husband, UBC alumnus Donald S. Smith (B.A. 1931, B.A.Sc. 1932, M.A.Sc. 1933) and their children. It is awarded each year to a student enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Studies Program.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Continuing in MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic achievement
    • Promise of success in librarianship

A scholarship honouring Lois M. Bewley's devotion to teaching and public service is awarded on the recommendation of UBC iSchool to a student with previous public library experience who is entering the second year of the Master of Library and Information Studies program and plans a public librarianship career.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Continuing in MLIS program (must be registering in courses in next academic year)
  • Indicators:
    • Previous public library experience
    • Plans a public librarianship career

Awards for Continuing MAS Students

A scholarship has been established by family, friends, and colleagues of Dorothy Blakey Smith. The award is made to an outstanding student entering the second year of the Master of Archival Studies Program, on the recommendation of the iSchool.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Continuing in MAS program (must be registering for courses in next academic year)
    Indicators:

    • Academic achievement
    • Contributions to the program in Archival Studies

A prize has been made available by the Toronto Area Archivists Group Education Foundation in honour of James Fraser. Mr. Fraser was an archivist in New Brunswick and Toronto who died while he was a student in the UBC Master of Archival Studies program. The award is made to a top ranking student in the first year in the MAS program at the iSchool

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Continuing in MAS program (must be registering for courses in next academic year)
    Indicators:

    • Top ranking student in the first year of MAS program

Application Procedure

Award given to the MAS or DUAL student with highest GPA in first academic year

One award of $1,000 is offered to a student upon completion of the first year Master of Archival Studies Program or Dual MAS/MLIS program in the iSchool who demonstrates scholarly excellence and leadership promise. Professor Terry Eastwood was the first professor hired to teach in the Master of Archival Studies Program and served as Chair of the Program from 1981 until June 2000. As Interim Director, Chair of Program, teacher and mentor he was a tireless advocate of archival education and as such has been recognized nationally and internationally. Recommendations are made by iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Completion of the first academic year of the MAS or Dual program
    Indicators:

    • Demonstrated scholarly excellence and leadership promise in the first academic year of MAS or Dual program.

Awards for Continuing MACL Students

UBC iSchool has established the Ronald Jobe Children's Literature Scholarship for students in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program. Dr. Jobe, Professor Emeritus of the Language and Literacy Department, Faculty of Education, was deeply involved in this interdisciplinary children's literature program jointly offered by the iSchool, LLED, the English Department and the Creative Writing Program. Dr. Jobe established the Children's Literature Roundtables across Canada , co-ordinated the annual Serendipity conference of the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, and spent years promoting Canadian children's literature worldwide, through organizations such as the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), of which he was the first non-European President.

Number
1-2

Eligibility

  • Enrolled in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature program who has completed at least 12 credits
  • Open to both domestic and international students

Application Procedure

  • Student application required by letter to the Director

Applications are adjudicated by a committee of faculty in the MA(CL) program, in consultation with the iSchool and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Indicators:

  • Academic achievement in courses in literature for children and young adults, taken after enrolling in the Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program.
  • Contributions to the authorship, scholarship, promotion and dissemination of literature for children.

AWARDS FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS

A $1,000 award has been established to honour Dr. Samuel Rothstein (BA 39, MA 40, LLD 04) for a graduate student at the iSchool. Dr. Rothstein was the first Director of UBC iSchool who helped the School open the doors in 1961. He led with great imagination, innovation, and foresight. The award is offered to a student who brings the same innovative spirit to their time at the iSchool.

Number
1

Eligibility

  • Graduating student in an iSchool program
  • Open to both domestic and international students

Indicators:

  • Brings innovative spirit to their time at the iSchool

MAS Graduating Student Awards

A prize donated by the Archives Association of British Columbia, is awarded to an outstanding student in the graduating class of the Master of Archival Studies. The prize is awarded on the recommendation of the iSchool.

Number

1

Eligibility

Graduating from the MAS program
Indicators:
Academic achievement
Contributions to the program in Archival Studies

Awards totalling $300 have been endowed by the Brock Family and their friends for students graduating with a Masters in Archival Studies from the iSchool who demonstrate leadership in planning, implementing and promoting the preservation, organization and effective use of society's record information and ideas. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MAS/DUAL program
  • Indicators:
    • Leadership and promotion of preservation

A prize has been endowed by Friends of the Richmond Archives to a student in the Master of Archival Studies program, with preference given to a student demonstrating an interest in community records. The award is made on the recommendation of the iSchool.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MAS program
    Indicators:

    • Demonstrated interest in community records

A $1750 prize has been made available through an endowment established by friends and family in memory of Harold Naugler. The award will be given to a student in the Masters of Archival Studies Program in the iSchool who has achieved excellence in the study of electronic records through academic and research work. The award is made on the recommendation of UBC iSchool, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from or Continuing in the MAS program
  • Indicators:
    • Excellence in the study of electronic records
    • May consider work on related research projects with faculty

This medal honours the second director of UBC iSchool, who initiated the Master of Archival Studies Program. It is offered annually to the graduating student whose record in the MAS program is, in the opinion of the School, most outstanding.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MAS program
  • Indicators:
    • Top graduating average

Application Procedure

Based on overall GPA calculation of program

A prize has been made available by the Archives Association of British Columbia to honour Willard Ireland, Provincial Librarian and Archivist from 1946 to 1974, and to recognize his outstanding contribution in preserving and interpreting the documents of British Columbia's and Canada's past. The award is given to an outstanding student in Archival Studies in the iSchool. The award is made on the recommendation of the School.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MAS program
    Indicators:

    • Outstanding contribution in preserving and interpreting the documents of British Columbia's and Canada's past
    • Academic achievement

Application Procedure

MLIS Graduating Student Awards

A prize has been made available by family and friends of the late Beverley M. Becker. Ms. Becker was a former student of the iSchool and graduated with her Master of Library Science in 1975. The award is given for outstanding work in courses related to reference and information services in the iSchool, and is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Grades in reference and information services courses
    • Number of reference and information services courses taken

Application Procedure

Based on calculation of grades.

A prize endowed by the College of Physicians & Surgeons, family, friends and colleagues in honour of C. William Fraser. The scholarship is awarded to a student in the iSchool and is made on the recommendation of the School in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Success in courses in medical librarianship and/or health sciences
    • Background in health science
    • Demonstrated interest in medical librarianship (for example, choosing to do medical library related projects in general courses or doing the practicum in a medical library) and good performance in such work
    • Collegiality as a personal trait

This prize, established as a memorial to Gordon New by funds collected under the sponsorship of the University of Victoria Library, is offered to students enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Studies program. It is awarded on the recommendation of the iSchool for demonstrated leadership and academic or research ability in studies relating to academic libraries.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Academic or research ability in studies relating to academic libraries
    • Demonstrated leadership ability

An award has been endowed by friends and colleagues to honour Ken Haycock, Former Director of UBC iSchool. The award is offered to a graduating student in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program in good academic standing who demonstrates leadership skills. The award will be made on the recommendation of the iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Demonstrated interest in management and marketing
    • Student member and participant in professional associations
    • Demonstrated leadership ability
    • Exceptional professional promise for leadership positions

A prize is awarded to a student in the graduating class of the iSchool. The prize will not necessarily be awarded annually. It is given to that student who has demonstrated leadership and academic or research ability in studies relating to special librarianship.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Course work focusing on special librarianship
    • Active in the SLA Student Chapter
    • Academic record / collaborative research
    • Demonstrated leadership

This prize is awarded in conjunction with the British Columbia Library Association to an outstanding graduating student in the iSchool. The award is given in honour of Neal Harlow, University Librarian from 1951 to 1961, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the University Library and of his work as one of the founders of the School of Librarianship.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Demonstrated interest in a career in academic librarianship
    • Student member and participant in professional associations

In honour of Dr. Hopkins' retirement, a group of colleagues and students decided to establish a new award within the iSchool to recognize the commitment that Dr. Hopkins has made in the field. The Richard Hopkins Award will recognize a graduating student in a master's program at UBC iSchool who demonstrates leadership and integrity, balancing academic achievement with a demonstrated commitment to their chosen area.

Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS or Dual program
  • Indicators:
    • Demonstrated leadership and integrity
    • Balancing academic achievement with a demonstrated commitment to their chosen area

This medal, honouring the memory of Miss Ruth E. Cameron, for many years Chief Librarian of the City of New Westminster, is offered annually by the Board of the New Westminster Public Library. It will be awarded to the student whose record in the course for the degree of Master of Library and Information Studies is, in the opinion of UBC iSchool, most outstanding.
Number

1

Eligibility

  • Graduating from the MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Top graduating average

Application Procedure

Based on calculation of grades.

This prize, the gift of Stanley and Rose Arkley, is offered in the iSchool to the University graduating student whose contribution in the field of children's literature is the most outstanding.
Number

1

Eligibility:

  • Graduating from MLIS program
  • Indicators:
    • Courses taken in literature for children and young adults
    • Academic achievement in courses in literature for children and young adults
    • Contribution to the field of children’s literature

MACL Graduating Student Awards

A $1000 prize is offered annually by friends and colleagues in honour of Judith Saltman to an outstanding student graduating from the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL). Professor Judith Saltman is recognized internationally as an expert on Canadian children’s literature. In her 33 years as a professor at the UBC iSchool, Judith championed one of the first interdisciplinary degrees by working with colleagues to establish the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MACL) and serving as Chair of the Program. The prize is assigned on the basis of academic merit and exceptional promise in the study of children’s literature. The award is made on the recommendation of MACL faculty members and UBC iSchool in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Number

1