Cynthia Harrison Scholarship Announced for 2015
Carina Langstraat, Meredith
Tummeti, and Erika Miller are the Cynthia
Harrison Library Scholarship Fund awardees for 2015. Carina, a volunteer at the Bainbridge library, is a first time
awardee and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Meredith and Erika are both awardees for the second year and will each receive a $500 scholarship.
Harrison scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of Cynthia "Cindy”
Harrison, manager of the Bainbridge branch of the Kitsap Regional Library from
1991 to 2007. The
fund was established to provide support for those seeking to further their
professional careers in librarianship. To be eligible for the award,
applicants must be either a volunteer or employee of Kitsap Regional Library
and must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited, graduate-level library and
information science program. Past
recipients have included Tressa Johnson, now a librarian at the Bainbridge
branch, Rebecca Dyehouse, a former associate at the Port Orchard branch, James Logan of the Poulsbo branch, Lisa (Tyler) Longmire and Stacy Wyatt of the Sylvan Way library.
"I am thrilled
to be receiving the 2015 Cynthia Lord Harrison Scholarship. I am
currently an Employment Specialist volunteer at the Bainbridge branch of KRL
while I attend San Jose State University's on-line MLIS program. I've
always thought of librarians as being superheros: defenders of
intellectual freedom, providers of powerful information, and passionate
community builders. I'm grateful to the staff of the Bainbridge branch
for their generous support and encouragement. I plan to use this
scholarship to off set my tuition costs."
"I am so grateful to be
selected a second time to receive the Cindy Harrison Scholarship. I have
just completed my third and fourth course towards my MLIS while attending
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee online program, and will be taking my fifth
course over summer. I have settled into my new position with the Kitsap
Regional Library in Outreach & Bookmobile as a Bookmobile Specialist and am
loving every minute. I am still subbing throughout the system as a
Library Assistant, getting plenty of Circulation and Reference
experience. This is the first time in my life I am being educated while
actually working in the same field, and it is a new and exciting experience for
me. The things I learn on the job or during lessons seem to flow both
ways, and it makes for a much more practical learning environment for me.
Being able to work part-time and attend school part-time, still allows me to
parent my five year old daughter and navigate life changes. This
scholarship helps me to realize all of these components."
Erika Miller is an MLIS candidate at the UW
iSchool, and has been enjoying all of her classes so far--online and off! She has been a Kitsap Regional Library
employee since January 2012 and has loved working at the library and spending
time with people who love books as much as she does. After she graduates, she would love to work
as a librarian somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (and hopefully stay in Kitsap
County!). In her free time, she enjoys
acting in community theater productions, writing love stories, and reading
books with happy endings. She is very
thankful for being able to receive this scholarship, and is extremely grateful
to all of her coworkers, friends, and family who have helped her along the way!