Wanda Chin Scholarship

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2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipients

Wanda Chin Professional Development Program

Since 1997, the Wanda Chin Professional Development Program helps to make attendance at the Western Museums Association’s Annual Meeting financially accessible to individuals who might otherwise not be able to attend. Funded through annual auctions and donations, the Program supports travel and registration costs for selected WMA members who meet the below qualifications. The Scholarship program is a vital component of the WMA mission.


With the continued impact of the global pandemic and the spread of COVID-19, WMA is postponing the 2021 Annual Meeting, which had been scheduled for Pasadena, California, and we are actively planning a return to Pasadena in a future year.
Therefore, we are not accepting scholarship applications this year.
For now, please to focus on yourself, your museum, and your community.

Donate to the Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund

Providing scholarships is a vital component of the WMA’s mission—and we need your help! Donate to the Wanda Chin Scholarship Fund today by clicking here, choose the amount you wish to donate, and specify that your donation is for the 'Wanda Chin Scholarship' in the comments section.

Another way to support our scholarship program is by bidding on items in Annual Meeting's silent and live auction. Proceeds from the Silent and Live Auctions will directly fund the Wanda Chin Scholarship program, which helps to subsidize participation in the Annual Meeting for professionals who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Wanda Chin Scholarship Qualifications

The Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship helps to fund travel and registration for Western Museums Association (WMA) members who meet the following qualifications:

  1. Student (Must be a current WMA Member and enrolled in a degree granting program)
  2. Emerging Professional (Must be a current WMA Member and have been in the museum field for 1-10 years)
  3. Mid-career Professional (Must be a current WMA Member and have been in the museum field for 10-20 years)

We encourage applications from members of diverse communities, and subscribe to EEO/Affirmative Action principles. This is a competitive process, and awards are based primarily on financial need. Scholarship awards are generally partial amounts requested in order to assist as many qualified applicants as possible; it is expected that the recipient or their institution will share some cost.


See what previous Wanda Chin Scholarship recipients are saying...

"I left Boise warm with validation. Even if we sometimes lose sight of the positive effect of our labor when we’re sneezing in over-full collections rooms and dealing with difficult visitors for too-little pay, it’s reassuring to be reminded that the hard work we do is important and impactful. While I certainly gained other valuable educational and professional experiences thanks to the Wanda Chin scholarship, I was most grateful to attend the WMA conference as a chance to touch base with other members of a larger community—a community of constructive and considerate people who are walking the talk."

- Emmie Pappa Eddy
2019 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
Collections and Interpretation Coordinator at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum
Las Vegas, Nevada

"I am truly grateful for the chance I had to attend WMA this year, not just for what I take away, but for what I bring home. The connections made, the sessions attended, and the ideas we shared all become pieces of a larger circuit when we go our separate ways, spread out each to our own communities, and use the influence we’ve had on each other to inspire."

- Danielle Robbins
2018 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum
Kelso, Washington


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