The Seward Community Library Association, a.k.a. Friends of the Seward Community Library, is excited to award Swetmann Scholarships to local students each year.
Since 1978, the Friends of the Seward Community Library has offered college scholarships to Seward area youth pursuing academic education or vocational training after high school. The scholarship is named for Viola Swetmann, founder of the Seward Community Library. All Seward area youth between the ages of 16 – 21 are eligible, as long as they hold a current library card from Seward Community Library. Applicants are invited to wander through the Seward Community Library Museum to identify a passion or subject of interest that they would like to render into an original project created solely for this scholarship application. The project is intended to elicit each applicant’s connection to Seward’s unique history and resources through creative personal expression. Projects are scored based on the number of references cited, the depth of exploration, originality, clarity, and technical accuracy. A list of past scholarship winners is available for viewing. The amount awarded as scholarships each year depends on the fundraising success of the Friends of the Seward Community Library with help from an endowment fund with Alaska Community Foundation.
In 2016 the Friends were to be able to award two scholarships. Winners of $1500 scholarships are Susannah Doepken who did an original painting entitled “Rockwell Kent Meets Disney” and Moriah Doepken who created a photo book, “Faces of Seward”. These projects are on display at the Seward Community Library Museum upstairs near the young adult room. Current library hours can be found at www.cityofseward.us/libmus.
The mission of the Seward Community Library Association, a.k.a. The Friends of the Seward Library, is to support and enhance literacy in our community, provide educational opportunities through scholarships and other programs, support library functions, and encourage community- wide involvement in cultural activities for all ages. For additional information please visit www.friendsofsclm.org.
Posted by the SCLA aka Friends board 2016