A specific purpose of KLAEF is to provide scholarships for members of the Kansas Library Association. For this scholarship, the focus is particularly for members enrolled in an accredited graduate-level program for library and information science that will result in a MLS or Library and Information Science degree, and are planning a career in Kansas libraries. Factors considered in making these awards include a commitment to a career in Kansas librarianship and academic excellence.

    Scholarships have been awarded for 2017. Congratulations to the 2017 recipients, Melinda Rittgers and Cynthia Rogers!

    Melinda Rittgers will graduate from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management in December 2017. She is currently working as an intern at the Kansas United Methodist Archives located on the campus of Baker University in Baldwin, Kans. Rittgers said, “My job in the archives taught me both the rewards and challenges to be had as an archivist. . . . My ideal career would be as archivist at a Kansas library or institution. I find the processing and maintaining of collections, particularly those that are relevant to my home state, extremely satisfying. I also really enjoy interacting with the public and assisting with research inquiries.”

    Cynthia Rogers is a librarian at an elementary school in the Wichita, Kans., school district USD #259. Cynthia said, “It is my personal and professional goal to, in turn, pass the torch – that of the love of reading, knowledge and discovery to the next generation. Even in the days of unsure funding and the questionable fate of school librarians in the future, I am committed to staying in the school library arena during and after graduating with my MLS. . . . It is my intent to become a powerfully effective Library Media Specialist so that the youth within my sphere of influence have accessible opportunities and the ability to soar above circumstances that may currently define their lives – opening up a world of possibilities for their future, which ultimately shapes ours.”

    Scholarship Application / Guidelines

    KLAEF Scholarship Guidelines 2018

    KLAEF Scholarship Application 2018