Office of Advancement


Alumni and friends invest in GSLIS 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 GSLIS’s top-ranked programs (both on campus and through LEEP). Thanks to your help, our graduates become leaders in the field who benefit their communities, the nation, and the world. 

We urge you to renew your annual support today.

Advancement news

Get to know Jarrett Dapier, MS student and Elsesser Fellowship recipient

dapier_feature_0.jpg?itok=f3VgbkXOBefore beginning his studies at GSLIS, Jarrett Dapier already had several years of experience working at the Evanston Public Library (EPL), where he developed and implemented creative programs to engage teens in reading and self-expression. Last summer, while in his role at EPL, he worked with the Dajae Coleman Foundation to implement programming centered around How Long Will I Cry?, a history of youth violence in the Chicago area; e.g., readings and group discussions, a talk by a representative of Cure Violence, and a theater performance by teen readers. Dapier is now enrolled as a full-time master’s student in the LEEP online option, and he is the recipient of the Lionelle L. Elsesser Fellowship. Read more.

Koval honors wife with groundbreaking gift to GSLIS

KovalFPfeature_1.jpg?itok=qYWDDWP4Anna Mae Koval loved to read, especially to her six grandchildren, and her love of words, books, and ideas has left a cherished legacy to the next generation. It is in this spirit that Edward Koval and his family have established the Anna Mae Koval Scholarship Fund at GSLIS. Income from his bequest of $1 million will provide need-based scholarships to students who work with the Center for Children’s Books (CCB) and have research interests in youth services and literature. This is the largest single bequest GSLIS has received to date. Read more.