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.

2020 Scholarship Timeline

Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Applications Open
Wednesday, May 6, 2020: Applications Close
Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Winners announced

How to Apply

Complete the 2020-2021 Scholarship Application and attach to it:

  1. Your current resume
  2. Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from someone who knows your work, such as a supervisor or advisor. Please refer to the 2020 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 May 6, 2020. 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.