Scholarships for LIS graduate students attending UH-Manoa are now available. You must be a
resident of Hawai’i, and a member of H.A.S.L. to qualify. 

The deadline to apply has been extended to February 19, 2018.

Download the Application HERE

Questions? Contact Scholarship chair, Cheryle O’Brien at

2017 Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians Scholarship Recipient

Caroline Sue Lee
of Mililani, a student at UH's School of Library & Information Science will receive a $500 scholarship from HASL to help with her graduate school expenses.  Lee holds a post-Baccalaureate in Secondary Education, and a BA degree in Political Science.  Currently, she teachers sophomore World History at Mililani High School, and devotes countless hours outside of the classroom coordinating a wide range of school activities.  Lee believes this will help her as she works towards her library degree, with an emphasis in school media.

"The accumulation of my teaching experience as a whole has tremendously helped shape my understanding of the importance of relationships with my students, colleagues, parents, administrators, and the community," wrote Lee.  "Being prepared, organized, researching and studying, and practicing the art of lesson planning by emphasizing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills has also made me appreciate the gravity of being a dedicated teacher, and [as a] graduate student in the library & information science program at the University of Hawai‘i."

A devoted wife and mother of a 7-year-old, Lee came highly recommended by many in our library community, and we look forward to welcoming her when she completes her graduate studies.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Wrayna Fairchild and Ruth Pukahi, both students of UH Library & Information Sciences, received $500 scholarships from the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians (HASL) to help pay for their graduate expenses. The official announcements were made at the HASL conference on April 30, 2016 by Sherry Rose, HASL president.

Wrayna (right) has been an outstanding and prolific role model among LIS students.  She has 10 years of teaching experience on two different continents and has been awarded 15 different grants and recognitions including, The Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award.  Wrayna completed her library internship at Manoa School with librarian Imelda Corpuz-Amano.  She strongly advocates for Maker Space in school libraries for students to “explore new things but most importantly, to try and try again after failing”. 

Ruth (left) works part time at Kuhio Elementary in the Library and is a mother of five children!  Ruth gracefully balances raising her brood while building a successful library program,   “I love the opportunity to promote literacy to the students, parents, and faculty like I did this past November by organizing a LITERACY FAIR with the help of parents and community organizations.  Ruth’s vision is based on the philosophy that “a student's success isn't found just within the schools but also within their homes, so I would (further) create opportunities for parents to learn and get involved with their children's success. “

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Meera Garud and Tariya Mukai, both students specializing in school librarianship, received $500 scholarships from the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians (HASL) to continue their graduate studies in LIS.  The official announcements were made at the HASL conference on March 7, 2015, by scholarship chair Imelda Corpuz Amano.

Meera (left) has been an energetic leader among LIS students serving as the previous president and current treasurer of the American Library Association-Hawaii Student Chapter, and as a student representative for the Hawai‘i Library Association.  She also volunteers at the Manoa Elementary School Library.  An outstanding student, Meera has a graduate assistantship with the Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education.  She strongly advocates for libraries "where children and young adults can use technology and information resources to create and share ideas."

Tariya (right) worked as an English teacher at Hawai‘i Baptist Academy before pursuing her MLISc degree on the Manoa Campus.  She is currently a stay-at-home mom tending to her two young children while managing to achieve a stellar academic record in the LIS program.  Tariya's vision is to bring the latest and best in emerging technologies into the library and to create a rigorous program of research skills.  She is passionate about building a "culture of reading" in her future library where students get involved in building the collections as well as enjoying exposure to a wide range of materials.

2014 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations go out to Tori Ann Ogawa who is this year's recipient of the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians Scholarship.  Tori has been enrolled in the Library & Information Science program since Spring 2014 and is scheduled to graduate in Spring of 2016.

She is currently doing her library practicum at Aliamanu Elementary with Librarian Patty Louis.  Tori has also served as ALA Student Chapter Secretary and has taught at two elementary schools in Oregon before returning to Hawai‘i for graduate school.

Congratulations, Tori, on being our 2014 scholarship receipient!

2013 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations go out to Daphne Miyashiro who is this year's recipient of the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians Scholarship.  Daphne is currently employed as a student administrative assistant at Hamilton Library, and has been enrolled in the Library & Information Science program since Spring 2012.  In the Fall of 2013 she will be doing her practicum at Farrington High School with Julie Tomomitsu.  Recently, Daphne has been actively engaged in numerous library-related activities.  She assisted Castle High School Library with their reading program, has volunteered at various Friends of the Library book sales, and is currently serving as treasurer for the Student Chapter of ALA.  Congratulations, Daphne, on being this year's scholarship recipient!

This year's scholarship is particularly meaningful, as it was partly funded by donations made to H.A.S.L. in honor of Dr. Violet Harada upon her retirement.

2012 Recipients

Congratulations go out to Mara Paio and Jenny Yamamoto who are the 2012 recipients of the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians Scholarships.  

Mara is employed as a reading tutor at Kealakehe Elementary School on the Island of Hawai‘i and is serving as a cataloging intern in two National Park Service libraries.  She plans to do her school library practicum at the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy K-8 Library and earn her MLIS degree in December 2012.

A former Food Science and Nutrition teacher, Jenny is currently employed as the Senior Project Coordinator at Leilehua High School.  In her position, Jenny collaborates with teachers, librarians, and students to bring rigor and relevance to the senior project research process.  She expects to receive her MLIS degree in May 2013.  

Congratulations Mara and Jenny!  We hope to get the opportunity to meet you in person at our HASL Fall Conference on September 22!

2011 HASL Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations go out to Tamara Martinez who is the 2011 recipient of the Hawai‘i Association of School Librarians Scholarship.  Tamara is a second year student in the Library & Information Sc-MLISc program.  In the Fall of 2011, she will be doing her practicum at the Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School and Public Library, and expects to receive her Master's degree in the Spring of 2012.  Besides maintaining an impressive 4.0 grade point average, Tamara fosters her passion for literacy by working as the Family Literacy Program Manager at Hawai‘i Literacy.  Through this program, Tamara provides family literacy and library services to children at two Honolulu public housing sites, Mayor Wright Homes and Kuhio Park Terrace.  Congratulations, Tamara, on being this year's scholarship recipient.  


For other ALA scholarship opportunities, visit the ALA Scholarship Program