WVLS Scholarships and Grants

To suggest additions, please email Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org.

WLA Membership/Professional Development Scholarship

In 2018, the Wisconsin Valley Library Service will offer three scholarships for WVLS member library support staff, or first-time library directors as of July 1, 2016. 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide WVLS new directors and support staff the opportunity to attend a Wisconsin Library Association-sponsored conference to enhance professional development. Applicants can choose to attend the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Conference in May, or the WLA Conference in October. Within three months of the conference, scholarship winners will be expected to conduct a 30-minute web presentation on what they learned and how this can be applied to their library role. The post-conference assignment is intended to reinforce/develop the scholarship winner’s technology and presentation skills.

Scholarship winners will also be provided with a one-year membership to WLA. For more information, click below.

2018 WLA Membership Professional Development Scholarship

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 5.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org.


Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Scholarship

2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting Audrey Kohlbeck Tammie Blomberg Denise Korenuk

2016 ARSL Team Kay Heiting, Audrey Kohlbeck, Tammie Blomberg, Denise Korenuk

In 2018, the Wisconsin Valley Library Service will offer three scholarships for directors or branch managers of a member public library to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference.  The conference will be held in Springfield, Illinois from September 13-15. This is an annual conference and scholarship opportunity.

The ARSL conference is specifically targeted for rural library staff. Previous conference topics have included building community advocacy; effective trustee recruitment; inexpensive programming ideas; innovative web services with few resources; virtual networking; and many more.

Find the eligibility requirements and application here: ARSL Scholarship Application
The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13, 2018.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org.
Completed applications should be sent to Jamie Matczak, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, 300 N First Street, Wausau, WI 54403; jmatczak@wvls.org.

ARSL & ALA Scholarship History and Reports


Legislative Day

L to R – Heidi O’Hare, Laurie Ollhoff, Mike Otten, Kris Adams Wendt, Virginia Roberts, Rep. Mary Felzkowski (WLA Legislator of the Year), Dominic Frandrup, Susan Lammert, April Lammert.

Library Legislative Day Scholarship

WVLS awarded $100 scholarships to three, first-time, WVLS-member librarians to attend Library Legislative Day in 2018.


  • 2018 Dominic Frandrup, Antigo; Laurie Ohlloff, Merrill; Heidi O’Hare, Tomahawk
  • 2017 Sarah Steinbacher, Rhinelander District Library
  • 2016 Julie Beloungy, Thorp Public Library
  • 2015 Anne LaRoche, Frances L Simek Memorial Library- Medford

Crandon Public LIbrary Art Speaker 2016

WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant

The Wisconsin Valley Library Service (WVLS) is offering a competitive grant to a member library to develop and implement a service for their community that is both innovative and collaborative. The relevant aspects of the grant and, ultimately, of the new service are innovation, collaboration, value to the community and sustainability.

Total funds available for a grant project ranges from $1,000 -$10,000 annually. Multiple grant applications may be funded if the total is less than $10,000.

Grant Funds will be disbursed to the library within 30 days notice of grant award. Libraries may apply more than once, but preference will be given to those libraries who have not received a grant previously.

Find the eligibility requirements and application here: WVLS Innovation and Collaboration Grant.

To Apply

  • The application process will open in April.
  • Questions about the grant, application process and completed applications may be directed to Jamie Matczak at 920-455-0668 or jmatczak@wvls.org.



  • Wifi garden for use during and after hours, benches, tables, and more!
  • New library classes/services
  • Work with farmers on a plot of land designated for patron workshops on vegetables or flowers
  • Work with local artists or schools to provide opportunities for patrons to learn how to paint/build/sculpt/play an instrument
  • Develop unique literacy collections
  • New clubs
  • “How to” events

Carol Ruth Wessler Memorial Scholarship

The moneys in this fund are to be invested as a special fund, the earnings of which are to be disbursed for the purpose of providing financial assistance for continuing education opportunities in the areas of reference, referral and interlibrary loan services for personnel employed by WVLS libraries.

As long as the applicant can describe how their attendance is likely to improve their ability to perform the reference/referral and interloan tasks currently assigned to them, their application will be given serious consideration by the WVLS Board of Trustees and/or its Executive Committee. Topics which could be considered for Wessler funding might include (but are not limited to) the following: reference skills, reference materials, referral patterns, interloan procedures/protocols, collection development, book selection, personal improvement such as how to communicate more efficiently, supervisory skills, office efficiency, most internet and computer skills sessions, space studies in current or new facilities, etc.


Wisconsin Valley Library Service
300 N 1st Street
Wausau, WI 54403

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