Northwest Archivists, Inc.

NWA Professional Development Scholarship

This annual $500 scholarship is established to promote the professional development of practicing regional archivists, by such means as attendance at workshops, institutes, conferences or other training opportunities. In particular, it is intended as a resource for colleagues who are self-employed or receive inadequate employer-provided assistance.

Applicants must be currently engaged in the archival profession, broadly defined, in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana, and have a minimum of one year FTE paid or unpaid professional experience. They should be members of the Northwest Archivists, and have limited or no access to institutional funding for continuing education activities. Nominations of a third party and applications involving purchase of supplies or equipment will not be considered. Members of the NWA Scholarships Committee are ineligible during their term of service and for one year afterward.

Recipients are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting for a formal award presentation, and are expected to provide a description of the scholarship-related activity, when completed, in the NWA newsletter Easy Access.

Current members of the Northwest Archivists Scholarships Committee will review applications and select an annual recipient. The application postmark deadline is March 1, 2018 and all applicants will be notified by early April. The scholarship may be used any time throughout the subsequent calendar year. Up to four scholarships may be awarded.

The following items are required:

  • A completed application form
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A formal letter of application. At minimum it should include a description of the proposed activity, how it will be particularly useful, and the context of relevant financial need.

The following items are optional:

  • Printed materials associated with the proposed activity
  • One letter of recommendation

Submit all application materials to:

NWA Awards Committee
Attn: Anneliese Warhank
Montana Historical Society
225 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59620-1201

or email:

Please contact Colleen Needham (Communications Chair) with any questions. 

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