Apply now for 2014 WLMA Scholarships

Application Deadline Extended to  April 18, 2014

Up to $7500 
in scholarship money available

$1000 for educator holding a bachelor's degree toward:
school library media endorsement.

$1000 for prospective or current teacher librarian who is member of ethnic minority toward:
* school library media endorsement, or
* graduate study in library field, or
* National Board Certification in Library Media.

$1000 for current teacher librarian toward:
* graduate study in library field, or
National Board Certification in Library Media, or
* planned individual research.

$500 to $1000 for current teacher librarian toward:
* attendance at national or regional library-related conference or workshop ($1000), or
* attendance at state library-related conference or workshop, including WLMA conference ($500)

Denny Bond Scholarship providing $500 to $1000 for current library paraprofessional toward: 
* attendance at library-related national or regional conference or workshop ($1000), or
* attendance at state library-related conference or workshop, including WLMA conference ($500), or
* library-related college coursework ($500 to $1000), or 
* library-related special training or project ($500 to $1000)

General Application Information

* Scholarships limited to teacher librarians or library paraprofessionals in Washington school libraries, or prospective teacher librarians who intend to work in Washington school libraries.

* Teacher librarian and library paraprofessional applicants are to be WLMA members in good standing.

* Application is to be submitted online through the linked form:

If you are a prospective teacher librarian, select this application

If you are a current teacher library, select this application

If you are a current library paraprofessional, select this application

* Additional application materials -- resume, application letter and recommendations -- are to be submitted to by email (preferred):, or by mail to WLMA Scholarship, 521 N. 24th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

* All applications and supporting materials must be received by April 18, 2014.

* Questions may be directed to Susan Kaphammer, WLMA Scholarship Chair.  Email: Phone:  509-972-5999 (w); 509-949-0127 (h).

Award Information:

* Scholarship winners and unsuccessful applicants will be notified in May. 

* Recipients are required to submit digital headshot and brief bio by mid-June.

* Award checks will be paid directly to scholarship winners for registration, tuition or fees, study materials, travel and other related expenses incurred between May 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015.  Checks must be cashed within 60 days of issue.

* Recipients are required to "share back" by:

- preparing item for WLMA publication; or

- presenting or co-presenting in a session at WLMA conference; or

- presenting at a WLMA Regional meeting; or 

- specify another way to contribute to our library community.

Scholarship Histories

Some scholarships are named for noted librarians and educators.  WLMA honors and appreciates the individuals who inspired awards and the many members and friends who have helped support the funding for scholarships:

Eleanor Ahlers was the first Supervisor of Library Services at OSPI and served as AASL president and executive secretary.  Eleanor was the first president of the Washington State Association of School Librarians when 90 librarians met in Ellensburg in 1950.  She retired in 1979 after teaching for ten years at the UW Library School.

Sharon Bates was an educator for 27 years - 25 of them in Medical Lake School District - and taught library classes at EWU.  She provided leadership in WLMA Region 7 and at the state level. Family and friends established a memorial scholarship when she died tragically in an automobile accident in 1992.

Laura Hahn, former high school librarian in Enumclaw, was an example of dedication to the field of school librarianship.  Her work with students and teachers inspired all who knew her.

Denny Bond was Director at ESD 114 and AV Repair Person at ESD 189. He wrote for the MEDIUM, and was elected WLMA president in Spring, 1995, but passed away before taking office.  His family started a scholarship for paraprofessionals.

John Stanford served as Superintendent of Seattle Public School from 1995 until his death in 1998.  In this short time he worked as the "children's crusader" to improve schools.  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.

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