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Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement  Programs

The ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) scholarship programs encourage development of the international records and information management community with an appropriately educated records and information management workforce. 

There are four programs:

  • Masters and Ph.D. Scholarships - $3,000 each
  • Access Leadership Scholars Program for undergraduates - $6,000 & $2,000 
  • Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursements - $1,000 per semester 
  • RIM Education Reimbursements - $750

Graduate scholarships provide funding for candidates intent on achieving a Masters or PhD degree with a focus on records and information management disciplines.  First offered in  2006, currently nine scholarships are awarded each year. To apply, click AIEF Graduate Scholarship Application Form.  

Access Leadership Scholars provides financial support for current and future RIM practitioners striving for positions of greater responsibility that require a college degree. Funding is provided through a grant from the ACCESS Corporation.  Click Access Scholars Application Form for complete instructions and requirements.

Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement Program provides funds to active RIM practitioners working to complete the Bachelor degree in order to advance their career in the field. .To apply, click AIEF Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement Form.  Currently ten scholarships are granted  for the Fall Semester and ten for the Spring Semester.

RIM Educational Reimbursement Scholarship
$750 one time reimbursements for conference fees, travel and lodging for RIM professionals. Click here for more information and to apply!

Funding, Eligibility, Award Priorities and Application Requirements for all programs


Overall funding is determined on an annual basis. The AIEF reserves the right not to offer grants unless funding is available.  The Foundation encourages endowed scholarships supported by gifts from  individuals and organizations. Potential donors are invited to contact the Foundation Administrator  for more information.

Eligibility of Educational Opportunities

The types of course(s) that qualify for funding include, but are not limited to: Records Management; Records Technologies, Archival Administration; Information Science; Information Technology Management; Knowledge Management;, Information Governance, Data Resources Management and Library Science.

Award Priorities 

EARLY CAREER ENHANCEMENT – People in the early stages of their careers who can demonstrate that a particular educational offering will significantly increase their ability to deal with a specific job assignment, address a problem, or advance in the field.

STRENGTHENING A CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH SIGNIFICANT ISSUES – People at any stage of their careers, who can demonstrate that a specific educational offering will enable them to handle an issue of significance to the field; supervise, train, or develop others (e.g., staff they supervise) in a significant issue; or contribute to the profession’s efforts to deal with a significant issue.

COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD – People who show commitment to the field, through what they have done on the job and professionally and what they indicate they are interested in doing.

PART OF A DEVELOPMENT PLAN – Education offerings that clearly fit in with the applicant’s past work and career plans.

QUALITY EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS – Educational offerings where the sponsoring institution is clearly competent to offer the course or other opportunity; presenters are clearly qualified through training or experience to teach or present; content (what will be covered) is clear; and, outcomes are clear, either from the course description or what the applicant provides.

COST EFFECTIVENESS – Educational offerings where the applicant can make the case that the offering is cost-effective, i.e. that the quality and expected outcomes are worth the investment of funds.

Graduate Scholarship Application Requirements

  • Enrollment in an accredited graduate school program
  • Complete the application form.  Click  AIEF Graduate Scholarship Application Form
  • Provide evidence of the intention to continue with the second year of the program
  • Submit an outline of the courses and related papers completed in the first year
  • Submit evidence of being a member in good standing of ARMA International or another nationally or internationally recognized information management association
  • Provide evidence of having attained a grade average of 80% or a B average or higher in the first year of the graduate degree program as indicated by the submission of an official transcript
  • Prepare a 1000 or more word research essay which thoroughly explores an aspect of  records and information management studies.  If deemed appropriate by AIEF, the applicant further agrees to allow the AIEF to publish the essay
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the Scholarship
  • Submit one hard copy of a letter of application, the documentation indicated above,
    and three letters of reference from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s
    academic performance, involvement or interest in the records and information
    management community and leadership abilities
  • Applications are due by the end of July each year and are to be submitted to:
    Julie Tesch
    Foundation Coordinator
    ARMA International Educational Foundation
    11880 College Blvd. Suite 450
    Overland Park KS 66210
 Access Leadership Scholars Application Requirements
  • Complete the application form. To begin, click Access Scholars Application Form

    FAQs/Terms and Conditions:

    • What are the criteria for applying for the Access Scholarship?
      • Currently working, with at least one year of work experience within the Records & Information Management (RIM) field.
      • Enrolled or planning to enroll in a degree program at an accredited college or university.
      • Course(s) should be RIM-related, or demonstrably relevant to a RIM career (e.g., budget and finance, human resources, contracts, leadership, etc.).
      • Submission of a one page discussion of how a college degree will help their professional advancement.
      • Receive a C or above grade.
      • Two letters of reference, one personal and one work-related.
      • Employees and/or officers of ARMA, AIEF, and Access Information Management are ineligible for this award
      • Awardees will receive a paid one year Professional Membership to ARMA.
    • When would the scholarships be awarded?
      • Notification of award would be made once a year, prior to the Annual ARMA International Conference, where the Awardees will be recognized.
      • Funding will be provided after successful completion of a course(s) at the end of a semester with proof of a satisfactory grade (C or above).  Applicant/Student would have to already have made their commitment of money and time with AIEF reimbursement after the fact. 
      • If possible, funding could be provided directly to the educational institution where the applicant is enrolled.
    • How many awards will be made?  What is the amount of the scholarship?  Any limits?
    • Two awards each year:  one of $6,000 and a second of $2,000.
    • No one can receive more than one award
    • An AIEF Scholarship Committee exists to evaluate the applications.  This committee would make a recommendation on recipients to the Board of Trustees and Access would be consulted.
    Applications are due by September 1 of each year. Submit the documentation indicated above (either method is acceptable) as follows: 
    • By mail: Julie Tesch
      Foundation Coordinator
      ARMA International Educational Foundation
      11880 College Blvd. Suite 450
      Overland Park KS 66210

Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement Application Requirements
  • Complete the application form.  Click  AIEF Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement Form.
  • Submit evidence of being a member in good standing of ARMA International for at least one year
  • Provide evidence of current employment as a RIM professional for at least one year (no full time students may apply unless also working full time).
  • Prove enrollment in an accredited college or university program leading to a degree
  • Submit a transcript indicating completion of at least two semesters with a passing grade (C or better)
  • Submit the course description of the course(s) for which tuition reimbursement is being requested.  Each course must be RIM-related, or demonstrably relevant to a RIM career.
  • Reimbursement will be for the tuition cost only up to $1,000 per application. Applicants may receive only one award every 12 months, up to a total of $3,000.
  • Preference will be given to those taking courses in Legal, Finance/Business, IT and HR
  • Prepare no more than a one page description explaining how taking the course will help in furthering a RIM career
  • Submit one letter of reference from an individual able to comment on the applicant’s academic performance or involvement with the records and information management community
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Submit the documentation indicated above (either method is acceptable) as follows: 
      • By mail: Julie Tesch
        Foundation Coordinator
        ARMA International Educational Foundation
        11880 College Blvd. Suite 450
        Overland Park KS 66210

The graduate scholarship and Access Leadership Scholars applications will be adjudicated by a committee of three AIEF Trustees and one non-Board or Trustee member drawn from the academic community.  A majority of the members voting for one applicant will be needed for an award to be made.

The undergraduate tuition reimbursement applications will be adjudicated by a committee of three AIEF Trustees.  A majority of the members voting for an applicant will be needed for an award to be made.  

Scholarships will be announced on the AIEF website and at the annual ARMA International Conference.  In addition, successful candidates will be notified directly by email.

If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, no applications received in a given year warrant an award, none will be given in that year.  


Graduate scholarships payments are made to the scholarship winner or to the collegiate institution depending upon the requirements of the institution.  In most cases, a single payment of the entire award is made upon proof of enrollment.

Access Leadership Scholars and  Undergraduate Tuition Reimbursement, Awardees must complete the course(s) and submit a copy of their transcript showing successful completion with a satisfactory grade (C or above) to the Foundation Administrator.  A check will be issued to the awardee once this information  is received and matched to the initial application.


Graduate scholarship records relating to the application and evaluation, except the name and address of the recipient and the student essay, will be destroyed one year after final payment of each scholarship is issued. Records for the Access Leadership Scholars and the undergraduate tuition reimbursement awardees, except the name and address of each recipient, will be retained for 10 years or until the applicant is no longer a member of ARMA International, whichever period is shorter.

For further information, contact the Foundation Administrator at admin@armaedfoundation.org

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