Jim Nelson Continuing Education Scholarship


These scholarships are provided to assist staff members of Kentucky public libraries to seek library higher education and Kentucky certification for public libraries. 

KPLA Scholarship Nomination Form


  • The nominee must be a current member of the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA) of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA).
  • Applicants who have received a continuing education scholarship in the past three years are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be in library positions which require state certification.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Continuing Education Scholarship.
  • One undergraduate award plus one graduate award are distributed.


  • The form must be completely filled out with all questions answered.
  • The information and the quality of the application shall be the sole basis of selection. Any application not meeting the above criteria will be disqualified.
  • Selection will be made by the KPLA Awards Committee.
  • The KPLA Awards Committee may choose to make no award in any given year if the quality of the applications is not determined to be satisfactory.
  • Multiple scholarships may be awarded, with the permission of the Executive Committee, if sufficient funds are available.

Award Winners

  • 2015 – Melissa Wickelhaus (Pendleton CPL)
  • 2014 – None
  • 2013 – Tishiba Roberson (Warren CPL)
  • 2012 – Jama Watts (Marion CPL)
  • 2010 – Jill Siekman (Boone CPL)
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