2014 WLMA Scholarship Awards


Jeri Whitson, Media Clerk at Walnut Grove Elementary School, Vancouver, WA.
Denny Bond Library Paraprofessional Award; $1000 for college coursework leading to Library Media Endorsement.

Christopher Robert, Teacher at Roxhill Elementary School, Seattle, WA.
John Stanford Award; $1000 toward completion of Library Media Endorsement.  

Luci Bakker, Teacher at North Beach Elementary School, Seattle, WA.
Laura Hahn Scholarship; $1000 applied to completion of Library Media Endorsement.    
        
Nicky Cook-Desler, Teacher at Burlington-Edison High School, Burlington, WA.
WLMA Memorial Award; $1000 for completing Library Media Endorsement.       
           
Sabrina Porter Lindquist, Substitute Teacher for Northshore School District, Bothell, WA.
WLMA Memorial Award; $1000 for coursework toward Library Media Endorsement.       

Carolyn Urrutia, Teacher at Kenmore Junior High School, Kenmore, WA.
WLMA Memorial Award; $1000 for completion of Library Media Endorsement.          
              
Karen Williams, Teacher at Camas Prairie Elementary School, Spanaway, WA.  
Sharon Bates Professional Growth Scholarship, $1000 to attend the 2014 ALA National Conference in Las Vegas.            
                  

The WLMA Scholarship Selection Committee -- Rosemary Saul, Judith Strosahl, Linda King, and Susan Kaphammer -- considered sixteen applications representing excellent current and aspiring library professionals.  Congratulations, all!

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 our profession:

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.


General Scholarship Information

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

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

* Awards can be sought for pursuit of Library Media Endorsement, advanced study in a library related field, or attendance at a library-related conference.

* Applications are submitted online through links from this site.

Watch this site for scholarship details and application links in January, 2015.



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 our profession:

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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