Sanders Scholars Award

The Sanders Scholars program, created through a gift from William J. Crowe and his wife Nancy P. Sanders, in memory of her parents, provides funding for a graduate or undergraduate scholarship for students on the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas who are working with a librarian mentor in the Libraries.

Objectives of the program are to provide an opportunity for selected students to learn about the evolving practice of librarianship and the prospects for a career in the field, and to provide an opportunity for librarians to be recognized for and encouraged in their efforts to serve as mentors of students who wish to consider librarianship as a career.

Interested library faculty will be invited to participate in a call for nominations, and will propose a plan for a potential Sanders Scholar. The originator of the selected proposal will then be allowed to seek an undergraduate or graduate student to fill the scholar position for the coming academic year.

The culmination of this project will include a public presentation by the mentor and the Sanders Scholar.


All full-time KU Libraries faculty are eligible. The most recent winner cannot apply the for the next award cycle.

Required Application Materials

  • Project Proposal including a general description of proposed project
  • Project deliverables
  • Project timeline
  • Budget
  • Learning objectives
  • Position Description
  • Mentoring philosophy

Application Form

Criteria for Selection

  • relevance of proposed project to the practice of librarianship
  • quality and feasibility of proposed project
  • learning objectives for student mentee
  • proposed exposure to the profession both within and beyond KU Libraries


Each year the Dean of Libraries shall appoint a committee to review nominations and make a recommendation to the dean. The selection committee will consist of three librarians (one of whom has previously served as a Sanders Scholar mentor). No librarian proposing a Sanders Scholars project is eligible to serve on the selection committee.

In making its recommendation, the selection committee will apply the criteria stated in this description of the Sanders Scholars Program. All applicants will be informed of the dean's decision prior to the announcement of the successful proposal.

All nomination materials will be considered confidential. Materials are due June 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. to Sharon Riley, at