Library Undergraduate Student Worker Scholarships & Awards

PULSE (Purdue University Libraries' Student Employee) Award, McCaw and Viton Scholarships

The Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, Press, and Copyright values its student workers and these scholarships and awards are a way to recognize some of these many dedicated, well-rounded individuals. The Albert Viton Scholarship and the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship are merit-based scholarships that have been made possible by two generous donors. The amount of each scholarship is $2,500 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The PULSE Award (Purdue University Libraries Student Employee Award) is an endowed fund started and funded primarily by the faculty and staff of the Libraries. Each year, one or more awards are given for the top student workers in the Libraries/Press. Awards are $1,000. Both scholarships and the PULSE Award share the following qualifications (you must meet all of these criteria to apply):
  • Full-time student with extracurricular activities
  • Strong academic performance
  • In good standing with the University
  • Positive work ethic
  • Libraries hourly student worker
  • Outstanding service to the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, Press and Copyright
  • Employed by the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, Press and Copyright for a minimum of two complete semesters (do not need to be consecutive); not including the current semester (must work 2 of 3 summer sessions to qualify as a semester). (Does not apply for the Albert Viton scholarship.)
  • If selected for a scholarship/award, your intent will be to continue working for the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, Press, and Copyright during the 2019-2020 academic year. Graduating seniors may apply for the PULSE Award.
  • If selected for a scholarship, you are encouraged to express your thanks in writing to the donor

In addition, each scholarship carries a few unique requirements:

For the Albert Viton Scholarship:
  • Preference is given to Press student workers. Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies and Copyright student workers may be selected in the event there are no eligible applicants from the Press.
  • Applicant must be a junior or senior during the 2018-2019 academic year.
For the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship:
  • Open to Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies, Press, and Copyright student workers only.
  • Applicant must be a junior or senior during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Students who have previously received any of the scholarships or the PULSE award are eligible to apply again. To apply for any of these scholarships/awards, please complete an application form and ask your supervisor to complete a recommendation form. Please direct any questions to: Anna Subramaniam -- 49-66202 or email subrama@purdue.edu. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 1, 2019. You are responsible for asking your supervisor to submit the recommendation form.