WLA Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Winners

On behalf of the WLA Professional Development Committee, we're excited to announce the winners of the 2021 WLA Scholarships!

  • Alex Grennan – Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Maina Gachugu – Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Cindy Garcia Rivas – Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Sharon Millett – Hahn-Ahlers Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Heather Christofferson – Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Christine Lu – John Stanford Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000); LISS COVID-19 Emergency Scholarship ($500); WALE Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Megan Rosenfeld – WALE Continuing Education Scholarship ($1,000)

Thank you to all who applied for this year's round of scholarships! If you have any questions, please contact the WLA Office.


 2021 Scholarships Timeline

  • June 9, 2021: Applications Open
  • July 9, 2021: Applications Close
  • Oct. 6, 2021: Winners announced

Important Documents

Update: The application form was updated on 6/29/21 and is now linked on each scholarship page. Please read through the application carefully to ensure you submit all necessary materials. Contact the WLA Office if you have any questions.


Scholarship Descriptions

These WLA scholarships are memorial scholarships, created and funded by families and friends in memory of their loved ones to honor each person’s service to libraries. WLA members can continue to donate money in their names.

Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship: $1000 - $3000 to one or more WLA members who is enrolled in an ALA-accredited Masters degree program and has completed at least one semester or quarter.

Hahn-Ahlers Continuing Education Scholarship: $1000 to a WLA member toward a degree, certificate, or graduate-level study in the Library or Education fields.

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.

Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship: $500 or $1000 to a current school library paraprofessional and WLA member toward participation at a local or national library-related conference, workshop, or educational event.
Sponsored by the WLA School Library Division.

Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship: $500 or $1000 to a current school library employee and WLA member toward participation at a local or national library-related conference, workshop or educational event. 
Sponsored by the WLA School Library Division.

WALE Continuing Education Scholarship: $1000 to a WALE member toward a degree, certificate, or graduate-level study in the Library or Education fields.
Sponsored by WALE (Washington Library Employees, a section of WLA)

WALE Library Paraprofessional Scholarship: up to $1000 to a current library paraprofessional and WALE member toward participation at a local or national library-related conference, workshop, or educational event.
Sponsored by WALE (Washington Library Employees, a section of WLA)

NEW LISS Covid-19 Emergency ScholarshipUp 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.
Sponsored by LISS (Library and Information Student Section, a section of WLA)

The American Library Association (ALA) offers more awards, grants, and scholarships.


To Apply

One application can be submitted for more than one scholarship. Indicate if you are applying for multiple. Once scholarships open, please fill out the 2021-22 Scholarship Application and send, along with any required components, to the WLA Office:

[email protected] 

Washington Library Association
Attn: Scholarships
P.O. Box 33808
Seattle, WA
98133


Scholarship Requirements

  • Applicants must be individual Washington Library Association members.
  • Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarship ONLY – applicant must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s degree program and completed at least one semester or quarter.
  • Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Scholarship and Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship ONLY - applicants must be educators or library paraprofessionals working in Washington school libraries, or prospective librarians who intend to work in Washington school libraries 
  • School Library Division scholarships may be awarded for one of the following:
    • Classes toward Library Media Endorsement
    • Advanced study in a library-related field
    • Attendance at a library-related conference
  • 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

To Donate

If you would like to donate to WLA scholarship funds, please fill out this donation form. Thank you!