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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 honored at the CLA annual conference.  Recipients are 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.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Jasmine Gutierrez, University of Washington            


Jasmine Gutierrez is a first generation Oaxaqueña, pursuing her MLIS degree at the University of Washington. She wishes to serve as an example for future generations to follow their dreams and passions. Being a lifelong member of the public library community, she knows public libraries have the power to inspire, inform and impact the communities they serve. Now, working at the Santa Monica Public Library, she has the opportunity to give back to her community by working alongside librarians and finding new ways to engage the various communities. Most recently, she has been a part of the Leamos! program, an adult literacy course that teaches Spanish speakers to read and write in Spanish.

In the early fall of 2017 she will be studying abroad in the Netherlands, and in the 2017-2018 academic year she will serve as the online representative for the iSchool’s iEquality organization. In addition to reading, she enjoys traveling, baking and spending time with her family!



Julian Jaravata, San Jose State University                                   

Julian Jaravata is currently pursuing his Master's in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Through his involvement in Filipino grassroots community organizations, he developed a commitment to social justice that led him on the path of librarianship. He previously organized with Filipino youth as a member of Anakbayan Silicon Valley. More recently, with the Disaster Support Network for the Philippines, he advocates for environmental justice in the Philippines as communities face disasters of increasing scale amid government corruption and destruction of the land through illegal mining.

Julian hopes to continue his activism through public librarianship by creating access to spaces and information that reflect and cultivate local communities' own richness and power. In fact, the seed for his activism was planted in middle school when a librarian handed him Carlos Bulosan's America is in the Heart and he learned about the struggles and triumphs of immigrant Filipino farmworkers. He always keeps the power of that interaction in mind as he aspires to become a librarian.


Hilda Loh-Guan, University of Southern California

Hilda Loh-Guan is a first year Master of Management in Library Information Science (MMLIS) student at the University of Southern California.  In her pursuit of this degree, she hopes to attain the skills and knowledge that will make her a transformational leader.  Her professional aspiration is to become a library director / administrator and an educator to future members of the profession. 

Currently, Hilda is a Community Library Manager at the Chet Holifield Library, a branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system.  Her passion is to serve the underserved and under-represented populations in her community.  During her tenure with the County, she has developed a weekly participatory program for adult library users with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and had previously managed the adult literacy program.  She also proudly serves on the County Library’s homeless services think tank and is a member of her organization’s iCount leadership committee (aiming to remove barriers to equity).  Through her experience as a first generation immigrant from Hong Kong and as a public service library employee, Hilda is reminded that many of our library users and communities are vulnerable and need a passionate advocate to close those divides by bringing them meaningful, quality, and equitable library services.


Scholarship Information

Application period
The 2018 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_educational institutions; Yelland_smith_essay).

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

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.

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2018 Edna Yelland Scholarship Committee

  • Alysha Cisneros, Ontario City Library
  • Erin Peak, Carlsbad Public Library
  • Gina Quensenberry, County of Los Angeles Public Library (Chair)
  • Ricardo Ramirez, Sacramento Public Library
  • Chris Warburton, County of Los Angeles Public Library
  • Christina Young, Los Angeles Public Library