Graduate Study Scholarships

The Washington Library Association awards one or more Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarships annually, to WLA members who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS degree program and have completed at least one semester or quarter. The scholarships are up to $6,000 per recipient. Applicants are evaluated based on demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service.

Scholarship Criteria

These criteria will be used by the Scholarship Committee to evaluate your application:

  • Current membership in the Washington Library Association.
  • Washington State residency.
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one semester or quarter in an ALA-accredited program leading to the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Demonstration of potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service.
  • Current or previous involvement with WLA, or plan to be active in WLA during the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded (e.g., serve as intern to Alki editorial committee, contributor to Alki, student liaison to WLA Board, active in WLA interest group, involvement with WLA or WALE conference programs).


  • Late June 2017 – Announcement posted
  • August 15, 2017 – Deadline for applications 
  • Mid-September/Early October – Top candidates interviewed
  • November 2017 - Scholarship awarded

How to Apply:

Complete the 2017-2018 MLIS Scholarship Application and attach to it:

  • Your current resume.
  • Copy of an official transcript from the MLIS program you are attending, showing work completed during your last semester or quarter.
  • Three recommendations, with at least one from a professor or adviser in your MLIS program. Please be sure to use the recommendation form.

Mail to:
Washington Library Association
Attn: Graduate Study Scholarship
PO Box 33808
Seattle, WA 98133

OR email to: 

Faxes will not be accepted.
The application and ALL materials must be postmarked by August 15, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.