Hawaii Library Association

Programs & Awards

HLA Scholarships


HLA Student Scholarship

HLA awards one $1,000.00 student scholarship annually, with one year free membership to HLA.  Applicants are judged on:

  1. Leadership potential (leadership in LIS organizations or committees)
  2. 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)
  3. Potential for academic success (GPA in LIS/ICS courses)

Special consideration will be given to students not receiving other sources of financial aid.

Requirements: Current UH-Mānoa LIS Program or Advanced Certificate student taking at least six credit hours and has finished at least one semester

Application must include:

  1. Application form (pdf) (doc)
  2. One page resume
  3. A statement, no longer than two pages double-spaced, describing:
    1. Your professional goals and how this award will help you meet them--highlighting your leadership potential, professional promise, and potential for academic success
  4. A copy of your transcript (unofficial acceptable), showing both your GPA in LIS/ICS courses and that you are enrolled in six or more credits for the Spring 2014 semester
  5. A list of scholarships, awards, and tuition waivers currently receiving and amounts of each
  6. Minimum one letter of recommendation

Deadline: Friday March 14th, 2014 11:59 PM
Email your completed application in PDF or Microsoft Word format to Mariko Kershaw, HLA Scholarship Committee Chair, at kershaw@hawaii.edu.  For questions, email or call (235-7439) Mariko.


HLA Professional Scholarship

HLA awards one professional scholarship annually, for up to $1,000.00.  Library staff at any level may apply, including paraprofessionals.  The scholarship may be used to attend a conference or continuing education activity and may only be applied to future events.

Requirement: Current HLA member

Application must include:

  1. Application form (pdf) (doc)
  2. One page resume
  3. A statement, no longer than two pages double-spaced, describing:
    1. Your reason for application and the amount requested (up to $1,000.00)
    2. Date(s) of event or course
    3. How the award will be spent (a budget)
    4. How it will further your professional goals and enhance your professional services
    5. If applicable, list other sources and amounts for funding received

Deadline: Friday March 14th, 2014 11:59 PM
Email your completed application in PDF or Microsoft Word format to Mariko Kershaw, HLA Scholarship Committee Chair, at kershaw@hawaii.edu.  For questions, email or call (235-7439) Mariko.

The recipient must submit proof of activity within ten business days of completion or return from travel.


Karen Peacock Memorial PIALA Scholarship Award

This annual award provides up to $1,000, for a current Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (PIALA) member to attend the Hawaii Library Association (HLA) Annual Conference. 

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Karen M. Peacock, who passed away in 2010. She was professor emeritus and retired curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Born in Richmond, Indiana, Karen spent her childhood years in Palau, Pohnpei, and Saipan in Micronesia where her father, Daniel J. Peacock, served as the director of library services. Karen was devoted to the Pacific, especially Micronesia.  She gave a great deal of her time and energy to supporting the work of Pacific libraries, archives, and museums, and advising and mentoring many of the islanders with whom she came into contact. As one of the founding members of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives, Karen participated in many annual conferences throughout the region.

PIALA was established in 1991 as a regional association committed to fostering awareness and encouraging cooperation and resource sharing among libraries, archives, museums and related institutions of the Pacific Islands.  In 1998 a resolution was passed by PIALA and HLA establishing an international partnership between these two organizations.  This international partnership was established in part to discuss common issues, share ideas and expertise, attend each other’s conferences and link homepages.  This scholarship would facilitate the PIALA-HLA partnership while honoring a strong supporter of both organizations.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of PIALA.
  • Must attend the HLA Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded and provide proof of registration and attendance to scholarship administrator.
  • Must prepare a brief presentation during the HLA conference updating HLA members on PIALA activities. Format and delivery options are the choice of the recipient, but may be mentored or guided by the PIALA Board.
  • Must share knowledge and resources with PIALA members based on subjects/topics learned at the HLA conference.  Format and delivery options are the choice of the recipient, but may be mentored/guided by the Scholarship Committee

Scholarship Administration:

  • Applications will be submitted to the PIALA Board.
  • Only one recipient will be chosen per year.
  • Deadline for application: September 30.
  • Applications will be submitted via email to: piala.org@gmail.com
  • Scholarship recipient will be chosen by: PIALA Scholarship Committee or PIALA Board members.
  • PIALA Board will contact HLA Board within 3 days of announcing the recipient.
  • Check from HLA payable to the recipient will be mailed within 10 days of announcement of the recipient. 
  • There are only two restrictions on who may apply: current PIALA membership and not having previously received this award.  Scholarship awarded only once to any single individual.  PIALA Board members may apply.
  • PIALA Board will:
    • Form a Scholarship Committee
    • Develop the application form
    • Establish the selection criteria
    • Advertise the scholarship

Scholarship Application will include:

  • Completed Application Form.
  • Proof of current PIALA membership.
  • A statement no longer than 1 page describing:
    • Why you would like to attend the HLA Annual Conference.
    • How you will share the knowledge and resources learned at the conference with other PIALA members.
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