We will award up to twenty full scholarships to teachers and librarians who wish to attend our annual Seminar. We seek a diverse group of individuals who are making a positive impact upon readers in their communities, and we hope that participation in our literary community will inspire fresh engagement with literature in schools and libraries around the country.
Scholarship recipients will gain exposure to contemporary authors and texts, expand their professional network of teachers, librarians, and writers, and be inspired to bring new ideas to the institutions and communities they serve. Through tours of the Key West Public Library and its archives and visits to historical sites, they will engage with the local resources and history that animate the KWLS mission.
Scholarship packages include a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $675, and need-based financial assistance to offset lodging costs.
Priority will be given to those who have not previously received KWLS support.
How to Apply:
Applicants must complete a scholarship application via Submittable. Requirements are listed below:
1. Request Letter:
Please tell us about your work as a teacher or librarian in 750 words or less. A successful request letter will describe your institution, the community it serves, and your role within it; address the theme and/or speakers for the upcoming Seminar; and explain how you hope your attendance at the Seminar will benefit you and your community. Please also tell us something about your financial need, and whether or not you would be able to attend KWLS without our support.
2. Letter of Recommendation:
One letter of recommendation is required. It may be written by a supervisor, former student, patron, or peer. An effective letter will describe your strengths as a teacher or librarian and the impact you have made on others in your community and/or institution.
In the application form, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email.
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.
The application deadline is April 1, 2019.