WAAL Scholarship Guidelines & Applications

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The WAAL Professional Development Committee has created three scholarship application forms for individuals wanting to apply for a scholarship to attend the annual WAAL conference.

  • Undergraduate students | Deadline March 15
    Undergraduate students who express an interest in Library/Information Science and who may or may not presently be employed by a library. Undergraduates should have an academic standing of sophomore or above.
  • Graduate students | Deadline March 15
    Graduate students who are currently enrolled full or part-time in a Library/Information Science program, who are or will become WLA members prior to the WAAL conference.

  • Paraprofessional staff | Deadline March 15 
    Those individuals who are currently employed by a library full or part-time in a paraprofessional staff position.

Individuals must fill out and submit the appropriate application form and a one-page document explaining their reasons for wanting to attend the conference and what interests them about this particular conference. Please refer to the conference website to review conference content.

Supporting reference
Graduate and paraprofessional applicants also require a professor, supervisor, or library director to submit a letter of recommendation in support of the applicant. The recommendation letter should address the following qualities: professional attitude, motivation, reliability and quality of work as applicable. Your reference should also address what anticipated benefit s/he sees for you or your institution that your attendance at this conference may provide.

Items covered by scholarship funds:
1. Registration fee for the WAAL conference.
2. Up to $250 in documented expenses which may include the following:

a. Meal expenses. Scholarship recipients are required to attend the meal at which the scholarship awards will be acknowledged. Recipients are encouraged but not required to attend other conference-planned meals.

b. Hotel room.

c. Transportation expenses.

Receipts must be submitted for expenses.