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WLMA Scholarships for 2015

*This page is in the process of being updated and may contain outdated information or resources.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Teresa Bateman - $500 Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship to attend the 2015 WLMA Conference. 

Nicole Bouvion - $1000 Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship to attend the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute in Washington DC.. 

Bonnie Dittmer - $1000 John Stanford Memorial Scholarship toward Library Media Endorsement at Central Washington University 

Jessica Baloun - $1000 WLMA Memorial Scholarship toward Library Media Endorsement at Antioch University Seattle. 

Holly Herbison - $1000 WLMA Memorial Scholarship toward Library Media Endorsement at University of Washington. 

Courtney Underwood - $1000 WLMA Memorial Scholarship toward Library Media Endorsement at Antioch University Seattle. 

Alicia Rogers - $1000 Laura Hahn Scholarship toward Masters program and Library Media Endorsement at Antioch University Seattle. 

D'Arcy Rowe - $1000 Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship toward library-related coursework through Western Governors University.

The Scholarship Committee wishes to thank the many additional applicants who reflect impressive achievements and dedication.  While this made the selection for awards difficult, it also inspires us for the present and future of our profession.

General Scholarship Information

  • Scholarships are restricted to Washington State residents and are available to teacher librarians or library paraprofessionals in Washington school libraries, or prospective teacher librarians who intend to work in Washington school libraries.
  • Current teacher librarian and library paraprofessional applicants are to be WLA/WLMA members in good standing.
  • Scholarships may be awarded for:
    • Classes toward Library Media Endorsement,
    • Advanced study in a library related field, or
    • Attendance at a library-related conference.

Eligibility and Awards

WLMA Memorial Scholarship: $1000 to an educator holding a bachelor’s degree toward a Library Media Endorsement or a higher degree in a library information field.

WLMA Laura Hahn Scholarship: $1000 to an educator who has been accepted into a graduate degree program in a library related field.  The recipient must plan to work at least one additional year in a Washington school library. 

John Stanford Memorial WLMA Scholarship: $1000 to a current or prospective teacher librarian who is an ethnic minority. Can be used toward Library Media Endorsement, or towards a graduate degree in the field.

Eleanor Ahlers Scholarship for Professional Development: $1000 to an experienced librarian (3 years) and WLMA member toward an advanced degree or graduate level study in a library field, or planned individual research related to school libraries.

Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship: $500 or $1000 to a current teacher librarian and WLMA member toward participation at a local($500) or national($1000) library-related conference or workshop.

Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship: $500 or $1000 to a current school library paraprofessional toward participation at a local($500) or national($1000) library-related conference or workshop. 

Further Information

  • Scholarships are restricted to Washington State residents and are available to teacher librarians or library paraprofessionals in Washington school libraries, or prospective teacher librarians who intend to work in Washington school libraries.
  • Current teacher librarian and library paraprofessional applicants are to be WLA/WLMA members in good standing.
  • Scholarships may be awarded for:
    • Classes toward Library Media Endorsement,
    • Advanced study in a library related field, or
    • Attendance at a library-related conference.
  • WLMA Scholarships will be announced by June 1.  Recipients are required to submit a digital headshot and brief bio by the end of June.
  • Award checks will be paid directly to the winner for registration or tuition, study materials, travel and other related expenses incurred between May 1, and June 1.  Checks must be cashed within 60 days of issue.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to "share back" by:  preparing a piece for the WLMA publication, MEDIUM; preparing or participating in a conference session at WLMA Conference; presenting at a WLMA Regional meeting; or otherwise contributing to our library community. 

To Apply - The Scholarship Committee is in the process of updating applications for 2017. New content coming soon!

Scholarship Histories

Some scholarships are named for noted librarians and educators.  WLMA honors and appreciates the individuals who inspired awards and the many members and friends who have helped support our profession:

Eleanor Ahlers was the first Supervisor of Library Services at OSPI and served as AASL president and executive secretary.  Eleanor was the first president of the Washington State Association of School Librarians when 90 librarians met in Ellensburg in 1950.  She retired in 1979 after teaching for ten years at the UW Library School.

Sharon Bates was an educator for 27 years - 25 of them in Medical Lake School District - and taught library classes at EWU.  She provided leadership in WLMA Region 7 and at the state level. Family and friends established a memorial scholarship when she died tragically in an automobile accident in 1992.

Laura Hahn, former high school librarian in Enumclaw, was an example of dedication to the field of school librarianship.  Her work with students and teachers inspired all who knew her.

Denny Bond was Director at ESD 114 and AV Repair Person at ESD 189. He wrote for the MEDIUM, and was elected WLMA president in Spring, 1995, but passed away before taking office.  His family started a scholarship for paraprofessionals.

John Stanford served as Superintendent of Seattle Public School from 1995 until his death in 1998.  In this short time he worked as the "children's crusader" to improve schools.  His community-wide "reading offensive" prompted donation of thousands of books to school libraries. Ethnic minorities are eligible for scholarships in memory of John Stanford.