Scholarships, Research Awards, & Essay Prizes

Students pursuing any major in any college are welcome to apply. All applications are reviewed by the USF Libraries Scholarship Committee. If you are awarded a Research Award or Essay Prize, a research component utilizing materials from Special Collections is required. Meet our 2020 student awardees here.

Applications are open from November 15th to March 31st.

Scholarships

Apply for scholarships through USF AwardSpring at usf.edu/financial-aid/scholarships, and fill out the questionnaire. The portal will automatically populate all scholarships you are eligible to apply for.

  • Annually awarded scholarship to full or part-time USF student
  • Must be a USF Library staff member (including Federal Work Study or a student employee)
  • Must be on the Tampa campus
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Can be freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Must submit an essay describing how you have successfully integrated library resources into your course of study

The Altrusa Club of Tampa Bay Inc. is a chapter of the national women’s service organization. The Altrusa Collection in Special Collections includes the club’s archives including scrapbooks, photographs, meeting minutes, and more that document their service to the community.

  • Annually awarded scholarship to full or part-time USF student
  • All academic levels, pursuing all majors, in all colleges, can apply
  • Must be on the Tampa campus
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Must submit an essay stating how you’ll use the Altrusa Collection for research purposes in your field of study

Armenian Studies at the University of South Florida is in recognition of Professor Manoug Manougian’s dedication to the program.

  • Annually awarded scholarship to full or part-time USF student
  • Can be on any USF campus
  • Must submit an essay about your interest in Armenian culture

  • Annually awarded scholarship to full or part-time USF student with financial need
  • Must be on the Tampa campus
  • Applicant must complete a FAFSA
  • Must submit an essay about your goals and aspirations in your academic endeavors

The John Ogden Coral Reef Collection consists of over 30 years of data and field work from USF integrative biology professor emeritus, Dr. John Ogden’s research excursions. The collection is comprised of field diaries and notes, illustrations, maps, charts and photographs of reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats that support a wide range of marine species.

  • Annually awarded scholarship to full or part-time USF student
  • Based on merit with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a preference for financial need
  • Must write an essay describing how you will utilize the Dr. John Ogden Coral Reef Collection in your studies

Research Awards

Research awards are awarded to students doing research in Special Collections, and a research component is required in order to receive your award. To submit your application, select the research award you’re interested in below and click the Apply button. Please note an essay and/or cover letter is required. See details below.

Meet our previous student awardee, Abigale Brown.

  • Annually awarded research award to full or part-time USF student
  • Must be on the Tampa campus
  • Must submit an essay about how you will be incorporating LGBT materials into your studies

Meet our previous student awardee, Jordan Norris-Gaither.

  • Annually awarded research award to full or part-time USF student
  • Must be undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior; or graduate student
  • Must be on the Tampa campus
  • Must submit an essay describing proposed research project and how Special Collections are crucial to your research needs

Meet our previous student awardee, Jonathan Rodriguez.

  • Annually awarded research award to full or part-time USF graduate student working towards a MA or PhD
  • Can be on any USF campus
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must submit an essay about the nature of your study and how the specific resources in the USF Libraries Florida Studies collections are crucial to your research interests

Essay Prizes

Essay prizes are awarded to students doing research in Special Collections, and a research component is required in order to receive your prize. Apply by sending your essay and cover letter to spcinfo@usf.edu.

  • Annually awarded essay prize to full or part-time undergraduate students
  • Essay subjects must cover Florida Studies ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the 21st century (topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are encouraged)
  • Cover letter required

  • Annually awarded essay prize to full or part-time graduate students working towards a MA or PhD
  • Essay subjects must cover Florida Studies ranging from Florida’s pre-colonial past through the 21st century (topics dealing with the Tampa Bay region are encouraged)
  • Cover letter required