WaMA provides four scholarships to its Annual Meeting. The 2020 Annual WaMA Conference, Museums & Democracy, will be held at the Hotel RL, Olympia, Washington, June 17-19, 2020.

Each scholarship will cover the costs of conference registration.  This includes: all events, meals, and sessions included in conference registration (including a Pre-Conference Workshop and WaMA Banquet), a $200.00 stipend, and a one-year membership in the Washington Museum Association.  Scholarship recipients must attend the conference to receive the stipend and the membership, and submit a written experience and photograph of their experience to WaMA for publication purposes.  Applicant need not be a WaMA member to apply for a scholarship.  The four scholarship categories are:

The Ellen Ferguson Student Scholarship:  To be eligible, an applicant must be a current student in a college or university pursuing training in the museum or heritage fields. The museum or related field can include history, art, ethnology, heritage education, etc.  The applicant must discuss his or her current student status, interest in the museum or related field, reasons for attending the conference, and need for a scholarship. 

The Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship:  To be eligible, an applicant must be a volunteer in any position at a museum of any size and type.  The applicant must describe his or her volunteer position, reasons for attending the conference, and need for a scholarship. 

The Robert Gruhn Working Professional Scholarship:  To be eligible, an applicant must be a museum professional of any level, working in a museum of any size or type, who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference due to financial constraints. The applicant must describe his or her current status as a working professional, financial need for a scholarship, personal reasons for attending the conference, and the sponsoring museum’s reasons for the applicant to attend.

The WaMA Board Scholarship:  To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of a museum board, governing a museum of any size or type, who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference because of financial constraints.  The applicant must describe his or her current status as a museum board member, personal reasons for attending the conference, and the museum’s reasons for the applicant to attend the conference.

To apply for a scholarship, download this form. 2020_Annual_Conference_Scholarship_Application
PDF applications are encouraged.

E-mail completed applications to: sadie.thayer@kchm.org  

If mailing an application, complete and return 1 original form and 3 copies (four total) of your application.

WaMA Awards Committee: c/o Sadie Thayer
114 E 3rd Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926

All nominations must be postmarked or emailed by February 15, 2020.