Drexel University-Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation MSI Scholarship

Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation are partnering to support candidates who are employed by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation to enroll in the Master’s of Science in Information (MSI) with a major in Library and Information Science (LIS). The University and the Foundation wish to establish the Drexel University-Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation MSI Scholarship to enable candidates to complete their degree, full time, part time, online or face-to-face, while also giving them the ALA-accredited degree credentials they need for career growth.

Scholarship Details:

  • Through the generosity of donors dedicated to the Drexel University-Free Library mission, up to five scholarships covering full tuition and student fees (part-time or full-time student fee) for the required 45 credits of the Master’s degree will be awarded to each recipient over the estimated 2-year program. Application fees and matriculation fees will be waived for all Free Library of Philadelphia and Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation applicants. Students are responsible for any additional costs associated with applying (i.e., requesting transcripts) and attendance (i.e., books, software, PC, travel). Note that students who choose the full-time, face-to-face program will be required to demonstrate health insurance coverage or enroll in the University health insurance program.
  • Students who need Federal Aid to cover other costs of attendance may want to consider Federal Aid, and must be enrolled for 4.5 credits (2 classes a term part time) to be aid eligible. Please review information about submitting an application for FAFSA on Drexel's "How to File the Free Application for FAFSA" webpage.
  • Applicants must be associated Free Library of Philadelphia or Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation employees and apply to the MS in Information - Library Information Science major while meeting eligibility requirements of a completed Bachelor’s degree or above, minimum GPA, and recommendation for acceptance to the MSI (see “How to Apply” below).
  • MSI applicants must apply to the Free Library of Philadelphia scholarship through a separate form (see “How to Apply” below).
  • Applicants may apply to study full time, part time, online or on campus in Spring 2021 (April start) or Fall 2021 (September start.) Applicants should apply to the program which most reflects their desired mode-of-study (i.e., apply to the online program if you intend to pursue mostly online study). Scholarship awards do not reflect any preference towards a particular mode of study.
  • Scholarship awardees must show demonstrated commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, resilience, perseverance, and have a good demonstrated work ethic.
  • A Drexel CCI Committee will award the scholarships and communicate the acceptances and denials to all scholarship applicants.
  • Only accepted MSI students will be considered finalists for this scholarship. Scholarship awards are not automatic for all Free Library applicants, and scholarships are limited to 5 total, for use by scholarship finalists starting their degree in either Spring term, beginning Monday, March 29, 2021, or Fall term, beginning Monday September 20, 2021.
  • The first scholarship selections will begin February 1, 2021 and continue through the year, dependent upon scholarship availability.
  • Scholarship students are subject to the same degree completion and academic standing rules of all graduate students.
  • Eligibility questions should be directed to CCI Recruiting at: cciinfo@drexel.edu

How to Apply to MSI and Free Library of Philadelphia Scholarship

The following steps should be simultaneously completed to apply to both the MS in Information program and Free Library of Philadelphia Scholarship.

  1. Submit an online application form for graduate MS Information – Library and Information Science major.
    • a.) Please first review the MSI program description and MSI admissions requirements to familiarize yourself with the MSI degree.
    • b.) Then visit our Apply website to complete and submit your MSI application and follow these two steps: 1) Applicants will have their Application Fee Waived after they submit their online graduate application form. Please email cciinfo@drexel.edu to request the application fee waiver. 2) Note your assigned Drexel ID number.
  2. Once you have submitted your online MSI application form above, you may apply for the Scholarship via this online form. You will need your Drexel ID number to complete the scholarship application, given to you after you submit your online application form in 1.b. above.
    • Be sure to follow the scholarship selection timeline as a guide in completing your MSI application, as the general deadline for MSI acceptance is different than the timeline for scholarship selections.
  3. Drexel Acceptance and Confirmation: Accepted MSI students applying for the Free Library of Philadelphia scholarship should both formally accept their scholarship and Confirm their enrollment in the Discover Drexel portal at the same time.
  4. Orientation and Advising: Help will be offered to new MSI students once registration opens for their starting term (Spring or Fall.) CCI Academic Advising will contact you before your term begins. Newly-accepted students should follow the Accepted Graduate Student checklist.
  5. RSVP for Drexel University-Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation MSI Scholarship Virtual Information Session on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

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