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CLA Scholarship For Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland

The CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland encourages and supports ethnic minority students in the attainment of a graduate degree in library or information studies and encourages commitment to the improvement of library services to ethnic minority communities.

Edna Yelland graduated from the California State Library School in Sacramento, obtained a County Librarians Certificate and served as the librarian for Tuolumne County and then San Mateo County. She later headed the Cutting Branch of Richmond Public Library and, from this position, became executive secretary of the California Library Association from 1947 to 1963. It is in memory of this gracious woman who worked so hard to promote the goals of the association and of the profession that the Edna Yelland scholarships are awarded. A profile of Edna Yelland is available here.

A maximum of three scholarships are awarded each year. Recipients are each awarded $2,500, a one-year student membership to CLA, and a certificate of recognition. They are honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference and encouraged to enroll into CLA's Mentoring Program.

The CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland is funded by CLA's Edna Yelland Scholarship Fund. Contributions to the fund are tax-deductible and will enable CLA to continue supporting ethnic minority students and encouraging commitment to the improvement of library services to ethnic minority communities in California.

If you would like to contribute to CLA's Edna Yelland Scholarship Fund, please send your check or money order to the CLA office or use our online donation form. For more information on making a contribution, please contact the CLA Executive Director.

Application information for the CLA Edna Yelland Scholarship.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Andrea Barkley, University of Washington – Seattle’s iSchool                

Andrea Genevieve Barkley is a 3rd year MLIS graduate student at the University of Washington – Seattle’s iSchool.  She received her B.A. in Linguistics (with a minor in Global Gender Studies) at SUNY University at Buffalo.  She has worked in many capacities, including as a library tech assistant and in interlibrary loan.  She is currently works as a library paraprofessional at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  Andrea has a passion for information literacy, instruction, and reference.   Her favorite populations of users to work with are those that are often marginalized within academic settings such as senior citizens, returning students, undocumented students, working class students, and first generation students.  To humanize information and technology and make accessible to all people, regardless of age, ability, or social status is at the very core of Andrea’s librarianship principles.  Upon graduation this Spring 2015, Andrea hopes to works as an information literacy and reference librarian at a local community college or institute.   She lives and plays in Oakland, CA.


Hanako Moondance, University of North Texas                                                 

Hanako Moondance is in her second year of the LIS program at the University of North Texas distance program in the greater Los Angeles area. She divides the rest of her time between taking care of her 10-month-old son and working a few days a week as a page at the Santa Monica Public Library Main branch. She is focusing on Youth Services and Storytelling in her studies and hopes to work in a public library as a Youth Services librarian. Hanako was born and raised in Santa Monica, California and was a part of a Spanish immersion learning program throughout elementary and middle school. She received her BA in Spanish Literature at Wesleyan University and hopes to use her knowledge of the language to support Spanish-speaking communities in Los Angeles. Hanako spent much of her youth in her father’s bookstore as well as her local library branch and felt encouraged in her learning by the diverse staff. She hopes to continue this legacy by connecting with young people of color to help them pursue their educational and personal goals. 


Shanna Shiah, University of California, Los Angeles                                                                

Shanna Shiah is an MLIS student specializing in Youth Services at UCLA. She has a B.A. in English, an Emphasis in Creative Writing, and a Minor in Studio Art from UCI. Her areas of interest include the spectrum of literacies, information access, and programming. As a child of first-generation immigrant parents, public libraries were instrumental to her acquisition of English and literacy and inspired a lifelong love of reading and learning. She has taught in many capacities, from the SAT Verbal to tutoring with Santa Monica Public Library's Latino Outreach program. Shanna interned at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Youth Services department and currently interns at Windward School while working as a Library Assistant at UCLA’s Law Library. She serves as the Alumni and Outreach Coordinator for Books Beyond Bars and Publicist for the YACS group at UCLA. She believes that public libraries build bridges between young people, parents, and schools, and hopes to provide equitable access to information resources for the diverse, multi-ethnic youth in California. 






Scholarship Information

Application period
The 2015 scholarship application period is closed.

Applicants must:

  • be US citizens (or permanent US residents) and permanent California residents;
  • be enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's of library and information science or information studies program and have completed one or more courses (applications from students at institutions actively seeking accreditation are also welcome);
  • intend to work in a California library upon graduation;
  • be a member of one of the following ethnic minority groups: African American or Black; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Latino/Hispanic; Pacific Islander;
  • provide a description of your financial need; and
  • be available for interview by the Edna Yelland Scholarship Committee. Individuals will be chosen for oral interview based upon the merits of the written application.

How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to CLA:

  • An explanation of your current financial situation (including salary, number of dependents, etc.).
  • A list of all scholarships and financial aid for which you intend to apply and/or have been awarded for graduate education.
  • The names and addresses of the educational institutions you have attended and, for each institution, your highest degree attained (if any), your years of attendance, and your subject or field of study.
  • A list of your employers, dates of employment, and a brief description of your responsibilities for any library experience.
  • Information you would like to tell us about any volunteer experiences.
  • Names and contact information for two professional references.
  • An essay discussing your interest in librarianship, your academic or professional goals, and how this scholarship would help achieve those goals. The essay should include all of these topics, be grammatically correct, and be 1,000 words or less.

Further information

  • The CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland is coordinated by CLA's Edna Yelland Scholarship Committee.
  • The committee reserves the right not to award scholarships if qualified candidates are not found.
  • The amount of each scholarship may change depending on available funds and the financial need of applicants.
  • Award recipients will be asked to submit a photograph to be used in award publicity.
  • Applications and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00pm on the submission deadline.

Edna Yelland Scholarship Committee

  • Linda Engelke, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library (chair)
  • Yelena Giannuzzi, San Jose Public Library
  • Christina Nhek, Long Beach Public Library
  • Gina Quesenberry, County of Los Angeles Public Library
  • Shanna Shiah, UCLA
  • Chris Warburton, County of Los Angeles Public Library