Office of Advancement


Alumni and friends invest in our School annually by making gifts to benefit students, faculty, and programs, but what is the return on your investment?

Ask students who benefit from financial assistance for tuition, books, career development, travel, awards, and alumni engagement opportunities. Donor support assists students in need of financial assistance and maintains the excellence of our top-ranked programs (both on campus and online). Thanks to your help, our graduates become leaders in the field who benefit their communities, the nation, and the world. 

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Advancement news

Lancaster legacy to live on through new scholarship

Professor F. W. "Wilf" Lancaster's legacy as a teacher and scholar will live on at the iSchool with the creation of the Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster Scholarship for students enrolled in the new MS program in information management. Lancaster, a professor emeritus who passed away in 2013, was an early predictor of today's electronic media and storage systems. Read more.

Brucker Scholarship Fund supports students working in libraries

Elizabeth Jeanne Brucker (MS ’94) was known for her commitment to excellence in her education and career, and for her loyalty to friends and willingness to help others in any way she could. Though Brucker passed away not long after completing her master’s degree and embarking on her career as a librarian, her family and friends ensured that her values and commitment would not be forgotten. Her legacy lives on today through the Elizabeth Jeanne Brucker Scholarship, which was established by Brucker, her family, and her coworkers. The scholarship supports master’s students at the School, and priority is given to individuals who work in library support positions, as Brucker did while pursuing her own master’s degree. Read more.

Meckstroth Scholarship supports K-12 LIS Licensure students

Derdens.jpg?itok=snAIVjni For aspiring school librarians who pursue K-12 LIS Licensure, scholarships like those provided by The Louise C. Meckstroth Scholarship Fund can ease the challenge of balancing school, work, and family. Julie Derden (MS ’06), a teaching materials librarian at Illinois State University, established the Meckstroth Fund at the School in 2011 as a way to recognize individuals who supported her throughout her education, and to honor her mother, a retired teacher librarian, by supporting the next generation of school librarians. Read more.