Cynthia Harrison Library Fund Scholarships

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.

The 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.  

Carina Langstraat
"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." 

Meredith Tummeti
"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
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!

Carina Langstraat
Carina Langstraat
Meredith Tummeti
Erika Miller