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John Stanford Continuing Education Scholarship

$1000 to a current WLA member of color toward a degree, certificate, or graduate level study in the Library or Education fields.

John Stanford served as Superintendent of Seattle Public School from 1995 until his death in 1998. 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.

2021 Scholarship Timeline

Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Applications Open
Friday, July 9, 2021: Applications Close
Sept. 30-Oct 2, 2021: Winners announced


How to Apply

Complete the 2021-22 Scholarship Application and attach to it:

  1. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from someone who knows your work, such as a supervisor, advisor, teacher or professor. Please refer to the 2021-22 scholarship recommendation form for further instructions.

Mail to:
Washington Library Association
Attn: Scholarships
PO Box 33808
Seattle, WA 98133

OR email to:
[email protected]

The application and ALL materials must be postmarked by July 9, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Applicants must be individual Washington Library Association members.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to share the outcome of or information about the results of their scholarship by choosing one of these responses: 
    • prepare a piece for WLA publication 
    • present at a WLA conference, event, or workshop, either a session or a poster for Spotlight on Success

Selection Criteria

These criteria will be used by the WLA Professional Development Committee to evaluate applications:

  • Current membership in the Washington Library Association.
  • Demonstration of potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service.
  • Benefits of the scholarship
  • Need and desire for the scholarship
  • Current or previous involvement with WLA, or plan to be active in WLA during the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded; examples: serve as intern to Alki editorial committee, contributor to Alki, student liaison to WLA Board, active in WLA Division or Section or committee, involvement with WLA, WLA conference, or WLA-sponsored workshop.