I would like to convey a sincere mahalo nui loa to the Hawai‘i Library Association for awarding me with a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00. These funds will be applied toward my internship at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. this summer.
HLA Scholarship applicants are judged on:
- Leadership potential (leadership in LIS organizations or committees);
- Professional promise (LIS related volunteer work, internships, practicum, or professional employment; published works in LIS/ICS literature; creation of a Web site, acting as a Webmaster, or email list owner); and
- Potential for academic success (GPA in LIS/ICS courses).
Because of this award, I am one step closer to my goal of working with cultural collections as an archivist and earning my PhD. By awarding me this scholarship, they have lightened my financial burden while living in Washington, D.C. where I will be completing an internship with the Library of Congress and have allowed me to focus more learning.
They have also provided me with a one-year member to the HLA! I am so grateful that I have been able to actively participate in the Hawai‘i Library Association as a student at the University of Hawai‘i. While attending the HLA conferences and meetings I always found myself feeling inspired, not only by my fellow students in the LIS program but also by the highlighted projects of our local professionals and the knowledge of your keynote speakers. It was a joy to get to know everyone and learn from those experiences.
I hope one day that I will be able to facilitate other students in the future like you have done for me.
I will miss everyone while they attend the 2015 HLA Spring Meeting on June 6, 2015!