Benton Family Music Library Student Employee Scholarship

Established by the family of Arthur and Rita Benton, this scholarship is awarded to University Libraries student employees who work in the Rita Benton Music Library. Hired in 1952 to catalog music holdings, Rita Benton was head of the Music Library from 1957 until her death in 1980. Later that year, the UI dedicated the Rita Benton Music Library in recognition of her service to the University and her contributions to music librarianship and musicology. You must be employed for a minimum of two semesters (which do not have to be consecutive) before you can apply for this award. This scholarship is renewable for as long as the recipient continues to qualify under the criteria; they must reapply each year. Applicants must demonstrate strong academic performance, excellent job performance, and be in good standing with the University.

Up to $2,500
UI Libraries
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please confirm that you have been employed by the Libraries for a minimum of two semesters (they do not have to be consecutive and one semester can be the fall semester during the application period).
  2. You must submit a 500-word essay which will be evaluated on storytelling, relevance, and enthusiasm. Choose ONE of the following topics for your essay: 1) What aspect of your work in the UI Libraries has had the greatest impact on you? How so? 2) Share your most interesting story about working in the UI Libraries; or, 3) Drawing from your insights and experiences from working at the UI Libraries, share how you have helped/can help contribute to fostering an inclusive community of belonging and success at the University of Iowa. (Note that your essay should not be a description or analysis of your job duties at the library.)
  3. By signing below, I certify that all information contained in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. Further, I understand that consideration for scholarships may be denied if any information is found to be incomplete or inaccurate. My signature also authorizes the University of Iowa to include my academic record with my scholarship application and to release pertinent information to scholarship selection committees, publications and donors.
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