2018 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 WMA members who meet the below qualifications. The Scholarship program is a vital component of the WMA mission.
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
The Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship helps to fund travel and registration for Western Museums Association (WMA) members who meet the following qualifications:
- Student (Must be a current WMA Member and enrolled in a degree granting program)
- Emerging Professional (Must be a current WMA Member and have been in the museum field for 1-10 years)
- 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.
The deadlne for applications is May 31, 2020.
Please check back next Spring for more details about WMA's 2020 Annual Meeting.
"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."
"I am honored to have received the Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship, which made it possible for me to attend the 2018 WMA Annual Meeting. I was truly inspired, and my enthusiasm was refueled. I am still watching and learning, which will never end, but I now have a better understanding of what it will take to truly engage my community."
WestMuse Blog Posts by Previous Wanda Chin Award Recipients:
- Pondering Through the Fog, with Gratitude
- Tacoma's Museums: Filled with Life, Not just Objects
- Inspiring Through Collections and Community
- Rekindling a Passion at WMA Tacoma
- Inspiration for Emerging Professionals at WMA 2018
- Theory and Practice at WMA 2018
- Change: We’re Working On It
- Local Perspective, Regional Implications
- Planning for the Unexpected at WMA
- Learn, Change, Grow, Repeat: Lessons Learned from the WMA 2016 Annual Conference
- Community and Museums: Healing Wounds from the Past through Education and Local History
- Becoming a “Museum Person”
- The Museum Ed Hustle
- Museum Professionals Descend on Las Vegas: Reflections from a Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient
- Taking Time to Listen: Museums Engaging Their Communities
- Leadership, Digital Engagement, and Education at the WMA Annual Meeting
- A Wealth of Knowledge
- Finding Common Ground in the Personal and Distinctive
- From Alaska to Utah: A Lifeline to the West
- (Re)learning to Listen
- People Get to Work in Museums?!: My Experiences at the WMA Annual Meeting
- When I Grow Up, I Want To Be a Museum Professional