Westfield residents and/or those working in the town are eligible to apply for scholarships designed for individuals enrolled in library-related courses. Funding for the awards comes from the Friends of Westfield Memorial Library, an organization that supports the library and is well-recognized for its annual book sales.

The scholarships of $1,000 and upwards can be used for credit-bearing undergraduate and graduate courses that will assist the recipients in current or future library work. The monies will be applied toward tuition with the Friends sending checks directly to the institutions where scholarship winners are enrolled.

While past Friends’ scholarship applicants were limited to Westfield residents, the organization has opted to open up the awards to those who work in town but live elsewhere, including local teachers and library employees.  

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 “In the technological age, individuals pursuing library work often seek degrees in information, research, or library science, or seek certification as media specialists,” said Dr. Tina Lesher, the friends’ scholarship committee chairperson. “As long as their studies are geared to current or future library work, we welcome receiving applications from them.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with no set deadline. Forms are available at the front desk of the library, 550 East Broad St, Westfield, NJ 07090.

Westfield Memorial Library board is made up of volunteers and is headed by co-presidents Christine Mason and Cindy Colicchio.