SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships offered by individual units for attending WLA-sponsored conferences. 

Association of Wisconsin Special Libraries
AWSL offers $185 for attendance to the WLA Annual Fall Conference. Application deadline is September 20. 

Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians
WAAL Conference Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students and academic paraprofessional staff. Application deadline is March 15.

Wisconsin Small Libraries
WISL offers $400 to attend the WLA Annual Fall Conference. Application deadline is August 1.


CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

WLAF George Bauer Memorial Fund Continuing Education Scholarship
Must be employed in a library in Wisconsin. Scholarship amount determined annually. Application deadline is June 15.

WLAF Gloria Hoegh Memorial Fund Education for Rural Librarians Scholarship
Must be a library employee working in a Wisconsin community with a current population of 5,000 or less or who works with library employees in those communities. Scholarship amount determined annually. Application deadline is June 15.


WLA FOUNDATION LIBRARY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Library Education Scholarship
Must be a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to a master's degree program in library and information science at a Wisconsin school during the coming academic year beginning with the fall term as a part-time or full-time student. Scholarship amount determined annually. Application deadline is June 15.

Sally Davis Scholarship
Must be a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to the master’s degree program in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the coming academic year beginning with the fall term as a part-time or full-time student. Scholarship amount determined annually. Application deadline is June 15.

Vida Cummins Stanton Scholarship
Must be a current or permanent Wisconsin resident admitted to the Master's degree program in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during the coming academic year beginning with the fall term as a part-time or full-time student, pursuing a career in school library media or youth services program. Application deadline is June 15.

Diversity Scholarship
WLAF awards a scholarship to a student of African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American/Alaskan Native descent who has been admitted to a master's degree program in library and information science at a Wisconsin school for the coming academic year. Application deadline is June 15.


WLA Foundation scholarships are funded through generous charitable contributions.


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The WLA Foundation has announced the recipients of 2020 scholarships for both library and continuing education:

Library Education Scholarship to Elynor Gregorich at D. R. Moon Memorial Library

Sally Davis Scholarship to Emma Abler at UW-Madison iSchool

Vida Cummins Stanton Scholarship to Olivia Millet at UW-Milwaukee SOIS
"First and foremost, thank you. Receiving this scholarship means supporting the diversification of librarianship in Wisconsin, as I am a Black woman. It means promoting scholarship by relieving the financial hardship of working to fund my graduate education, amidst the student debt crisis. For me, receiving this scholarship means tangible support in expanding our collective imagination around what librarianship can be, and thus, what our world can be." - Olivia

George Bauer Continuing Education Scholarship to Annie Bahringer at Hutisford Community Library

Gloria Hoegh Scholarship for Rural Librarians to Jen Gerber at Oscar Grady Public Library

Diversity Scholarship to Kristina Baybayan at UW-Madison

The WLA Foundation Board allocates scholarship amounts based on a percentage in each scholarship endowment. The Scholarships Committee reviews applications and determines the recipients.