The Catholic University of America


The annual competition for the Howard and Mathilde Rovelstad Scholarship is now underway.


Students who have completed at least 6 credits in the LIS Master’s in Library and Information Science program by the end of the spring semester of 2015 are eligible to apply. The number of credits left to complete the program will be a factor in the committee’s decision; weighting in favor of candidates with the greater number of credits remaining in the program. 

Students who have received other scholarships and forms of financial aid, such as tuition reduction benefits, CUA university scholarships, or Federal scholarships are not eligible to apply. (Note: Recipients of small, one-time awards in the range of $500 - $5000 may be eligible. If you have received this type of award and have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Committee Chair.)

Application Documents  (four in total)

  1. A statement of achievements, career interests and goals. The statement must be no more than 750 words.
  2. A detailed resumé. Applicants are encouraged to include volunteer activities, association memberships, attendance at professional conferences and workshops, and similar activities.
  3. Contact information (email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses) of two references that are willing to write letters of recommendation for the applicant. At least one of the references must be a full-time or part-time LIS faculty member. The Rovelstad Scholarship Committee will request letters of recommendation from references of those candidates selected for interviews.
  4. A financial aid release agreement form.

Documents 1-3 should be sent via email to Renate Chancellor, Assistant Professor, at chancellor[at]

Document 4 should be sent via U.S. mail or hand-delivered to:

Dr. Renate Chancellor
Scholarship Committee Chair
457 Columbus School of Law
Department of Library and Information Science
Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C. 20064

All application documents must be received by the close of business on Monday, May 29, 2015.

Evaluation Criteria and Process

The Committee will base its decision on evaluation of the following:

  • Academic achievement in the LIS program.
  • Commitment to the field as evidenced in course work, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation.
  • Potential for success as evidenced in all application documents, including letters of recommendation.
  • Faculty assessment: The entire LIS full-time faculty will provide input to assist the Rovelstad Scholarship Committee in evaluating applicants.
  • Interviews: The Rovelstad Scholarship Committee will interview a small number of finalists before selecting the scholarship recipient. Interviews will be conducted on June 22. Applicants selected for interviews are expected to be available that day for an interview on the CUA campus.


May 29: Deadline for submission of applications – all four documents must be received

June 12: Notification of candidates selected for interviews

June 22: Interviews

Announcement of the winner is scheduled to take place during the month of July

Contact for Questions

Please email any questions to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Renate Chancellor, at