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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.

Apply for the CLA Edna Yelland Scholarship.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Christina Nhek, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign                

Christina Nhek is pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she has a bachelor’s degree
in Art History from California State University, Long Beach, and her areas of interest are archives and public librarianship. Christina is of Cambodian descent and was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She wants to help preserve the Cambodian heritage because so many tangible artifacts were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. As a child of refugee parents, her access to resources was limited -- mainly because of a lack of knowledge about the information that was available. One of the reasons she is pursuing a degree in the field of library science is to expand the research carried out by the Cambodia community and help people find resources that will support their personal and educational growth. She believes in helping to enrich and educate younger generations by providing them with good library resources.


Kimberly Tate, University of Washington                                                 

Kimberly Tate is a first-year MLIS student at the University of Washington.
Born and raised in southern California, she has had the opportunity to work with low-income and underrepresented students in a variety of capacities.
This work has inspired her to pursue librarianship as a career, in an effort to provide equity of access to information in communities of color. Kimberly's coursework and her involvement in student organizations have led her to
focus on Health Sciences librarianship, because of the growing disparity of access to relevant and timely health information in the United States. She is
especially interested in crisis informatics and database construction. While studying, Kimberly works as a Healthcare Research Assistant at a medical consulting company, and as an intern at the University of Washington Medical Center’s Radiology Library. Kimberly also serves as the Publicity Manager of the Special Library Association-University of Washington chapter. After receiving her MLIS, Kimberly hopes to work in California providing resources
to the communities that inspired her career choice.


Alicia Zuniga, San José State University                                                                

Alicia Zuniga is pursuing her MLIS degree at San José State University. She received a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her interests include outreach, archives, and programming. Although born and raised in California,
she has spent the last two years in Florida as a Literacy AmeriCorps member, where
she teaches the English Exchange program for the Palm Beach County Library System. This English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program focuses on teaching conversational English skills to adult learners. She has previously provided reading and writing tutoring for Pre-K through 2nd grade English language learners with the Farmworker Children's Council. These experiences alerted her to the need for literacy services for the Spanish-speaking community. As a Latina who has reaped the benefits
 of a Spanish-immersion curriculum, she wants to expand access to quality materials
and programs in languages other than English. She is excited to return to her home
state to continue to connect people with resources and help build communities.




Scholarship Information

Application period
The 2014 scholarship application period has 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.

Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: Yelland_ your last name_document (e.g.: Yelland_ smith_employment; yelland_smith_prof references).

Applications should be submitted using the online application form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Natalie Cole.

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

  • Crystal Duran, First 5 LA
  • Dora Ho, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Hildie Kraus, San Diego County Library
  • Cristina Mitra, San Francisco Public Library
  • Christina Nhek (Chair)
  • Gina Quesenberry, County of Los Angeles Public Library
  • Melanee Vicedo, University of Southern California