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, Copyright, and Office of Undergraduate Research (collectively known as PULSIS) 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 2020-2021 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 PULSIS. Each year, one or more awards are given for the top student workers in the PULSIS. PULSE Awards are $1,000 each. Selected students will be invited to attend the PULSIS Award Luncheon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, but this is not a requirement to receive a scholarship or award.

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, undergraduate students preferred
  • Outstanding service to the PULSIS

The Albert Viton and Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarships share the following additional qualifications:

  • Applicant must be a junior or senior during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Students selected for the McCaw or the Viton Scholarships, intend to continue working for PULSIS during the 2020-2021 academic year. Therefore, graduating seniors or those who will graduate in December 2020 may only apply for the PULSE Awards.
  • If selected for a scholarship, you are encouraged to express your thanks in writing to the donor. Information will be provided after the selection is made.

The PULSE Awards and the McCaw Scholarship share the following additional qualifications:

  • Employed by PULSIS for a minimum of two complete semesters (these do not need to be consecutive) not including the current semester. To qualify for a summer semester, a student worker must work 2 of the 3 summer sessions.

The Albert Viton Scholarship has the following additional criterion::

  • Preference is given to a University Press student worker. Other PULSIS student workers may be selected in the event there are no eligible applicants from the University Press..

Students who have previously received a scholarship 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 Emily Branson.


Students must apply by Friday, February 14, 2020. Student supervisors must submit their recommendation form by Friday, February 21, 2020 Students are responsible for asking their supervisor to submit the recommendation form.