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Each year the Seward Community Library Association (SCLA) awards at least one scholarship to a Seward High School student between the ages of 16 and 21. The award is in memory of Mrs. Viola Swetmann, who was a tireless supporter of the Seward Community Library throughout her lifetime in Seward. The applicants must have been attending Seward area school for at least two years, be Seward Library cardholders and use the award within one year of its reception for post high school education. The students are asked to prepare an original project that is inspired from subjects in the library or museum, and to present it to the SCLA board for evaluation.
The association was unable to present any awards in 2020, due to interruption of the school year by COVID-19. But making up for the lost year, three scholarships have been awarded in 2021. The winners are Lucy Hankins, Linnaea Gossard and Selma Casagranda.
Lucy Hankins, who has spent time on her family’s fishing boat, built a presentation about Alaska commercial fishing sustainability. Linnaea Gossard created a short story about the lives of slaves before abolition. Ms. Casagranda, wrote a poem entitled, “The Truth of Home”, about an orphan growing up at the Jesse Lee Home. All three of these projects demonstrated a sincere passion for their subject through the research and completion of the application process.
The Friends of the Library and SCLA would like to thank each of the applicants for their hard work in pursuit of these $1,500.00 scholarships. May each of them encounter favorable adventures as they move forward with their educations and dreams!
SCLA BOARD OF DIRECTORS