Scholarships

About

We always want to help our members grow and expand in their profession; but, unfortunately, we can’t always bring everything to your doorstep. That’s why we have scholarships! If we can’t bring it to you, then we can send you to it! If you would like to attend a conference or some other kind of special training that SWFLN does not yet offer, you can apply for a scholarship.

SWFLN will award scholarships to staff from member libraries. The scholarships will partially subsidize the cost of attending a workshop or conference not offered by SWFLN. These scholarships will enable individual member libraries to benefit from specific learning targeted for their organization. Once the scholarship recipient returns from the event, a Statement of Benefit will be completed by the recipient and will be shared with the SWFLN membership so that this program can be promoted as a positive way to obtain alternate training and learning opportunities through SWFLN. The Statement of Benefit will address how the scholarship will enable the recipient to serve his/her library and how it will enhance patron satisfaction; the recipient will be asked to state how, as a result of this award, his/her knowledge or abilities increased, and how what the recipient learned can be useful to other types of librarians.

**Please submit your application at least one month prior to your event to allow for processing and mailing of your check.**

Who can apply?

SWFLN institutional member staff are eligible to apply for SWFLN Continuing Education Scholarships.

Application and Funding Process

Applicant Instructions:

  1. The applicant will complete a Scholarship Application Form below, indicating the justified need for the request. A statement describing how this attendance will benefit the member will be included; the staff member will agree to write a Statement of Benefit of the experience, should it be approved, so that it can be shared with the SWFLN membership.
  2. The staff member will obtain approval from the applicant’s supervisor.
  3. The Scholarship Application Form will be sent to the SWFLN Continuing Education Coordinator.
  4. If the scholarship is funded, once the scholarship recipient returns from the event, the Statement of Benefit will be shared with the membership (via email and then placed on the SWFLN website) so that this program can be promoted as a positive way to obtain alternate training and learning opportunities through SWFLN.

SWFLN Procedures:

  1. Upon receipt, the SWFLN Continuing Education Coordinator will evaluate the form for completeness and to ensure that criteria are met for scholarship qualification.
  2. The Continuing Education Coordinator will obtain the Executive Director’s approval.
  3. Once the Scholarship Application Form is approved, the staff member will be notified of the award and payment will be issued for the Scholarship.
  4. After the staff member returns from the event, the SWFLN Continuing Education Coordinator will ensure that the Statement of Benefit is obtained so that it can be shared with the membership to promote this scholarship program as a positive way to obtain alternate training opportunities and learning opportunities through SWFLN.
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Conference and Training Opportunities

Below is a suggested list of conferences and CE Opportunities. It is definitely not exhaustive. Is there a conference you want to attend or a CE learning opportunity? It does not need to be on this list for you to apply for a SWFLN scholarship.

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