Ursula H. Poland Scholarship Award

SPONSOR: Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association

PURPOSE: To provide an opportunity for library school students to pursue or explore health sciences librarianship.

ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must currently be enrolled in, or working toward, a Masters in Library Science from an accredited college or university in New York State or Ontario.

The scholarship monies are intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship. Course work must be taken for credit and must have been scheduled after June 1, 2019 but before June 15, 2020.

AWARD AMOUNT: Two scholarship awards in the amount of $500.00 USD. As an added bonus, each awardee will receive a one-year membership in UNYOC. There will be one scholarship awarded to a Canadian applicant and one to a US applicant.

APPLICATION: Please send all application materials as one PDF attachment to:

Amanda Ross-White


Be sure to include the following:

  • Personal Statement describing your interest in the scholarship. The following information must be included in your personal statement:  name of library school, degree pursued, course title, start & completion date, description, and credit hours, contact information for course instructor, project director, or internship coordinator
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Reference

SELECTION: The Awards Committee will evaluate applications using a scoring tool.  Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in a health sciences library, whose course work indicates a strong interest in the field of health sciences librarianship or who have an undergraduate degree in a biomedical science.

DEADLINES: Applications must be received by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. Monies will be disbursed upon successful completion of the course.

Please note: Documentation of completion of the course, along with an address for the treasurer to send reimbursement, are required.

The 2017 recipients of the Ursula H. Poland Scholarship Award are:

Eldiflor Felipe, MI Candidate (2018), University of Toronto

Samuel Kim,  MLIS candidate (2018), University at Buffalo