LISS COVID-19 Emergency Scholarship

Up to $500 in emergency scholarship funds for one or more current students in an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS program who have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19. Applicant must be a WLA member and must either be:

  • a Washington resident enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS program OR
  • a non-resident enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS program that is located in Washington State.

This scholarship is sponsored by WLA's LISS (Library and Information Student Section).


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 2021-2022 Scholarship Application and attach to it:

  1. A 250 word response to the following question:
    1. The COVID-19 pandemic created economic hardship for millions of people, including many students. How has the pandemic caused you financial hardship related to pursuing your MLIS? How will you use this money to continue your education?
  2. Copy of an unofficial transcript (if not applying for the Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship)

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 Requirements

  • Applicants must be individual Washington Library Association members.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s degree program and completed at least one semester or quarter.
  • 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.
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one semester or quarter in an ALA-accredited program leading to a master’s degree in library and information science.
  • 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.