University of Wisconsin–Madison

WI Public Library Director Certification Course Scholarship

Continuing Education Services at the UW-Madison iSchool announces a scholarship for Wisconsin library directors currently taking certification courses. Several scholarships are available for Fall 2020 certification courses. We will cover the entire cost of one certification course for each of winners.

We will be offering the following courses in the fall of 2020:

  • Basic Public Library Administration
  • Advanced Public Library Administration
  • Public and Community Library Services

Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Only Wisconsin public library directors currently pursuing Grades II or III certification are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible to win again.
  • Applicants are permitted to apply the scholarship to one course only.
  • One scholarship will be awarded per winner.
  • The scholarship must be applied to a course offered in the same semester as the award is given.
  • We encourage applications from directors who have applied previously but were not awarded a scholarship, as well as first-time applicants.

To Apply

Please send an email with “CE Scholarship” in the subject line to Meredith Lowe, In the body of the email, include your name, library, and a paragraph or two about how taking the certification courses helps you provide excellent service to your community, and how the scholarship funds will help your library. Applications are due by 5:00pm CST on Friday, August 7. The winners will be announced during the week of August 10.

If a winner has already registered for an upcoming certification course, their course fee will be refunded.

Questions may be directed to Meredith Lowe, or 608-890-0364.

Congratulations to our past winners!

Fall 2019

  • Shay Foxenberg, Shiocton Public Library
  • Le Ann Hopp, Marion Public Library
  • Ken Kittleson, Norwalk Public Library
  • Stephanie Schmidt, Crandon Public Library
  • Jodi Kessel Szpiszar, Butler Public Library
  • Lisa Thomas, Spring Green Public Library

Spring 2019

  • April Arndt, Director of Ontario Public Library in Ontario, WI
  • Dawn Murphy, Director of Lowell Public Library in Lowell, WI
  • Katie Schofield, Director of Rock Springs Public Library in Rock Springs, WI

Fall 2018

  • Kayla Pettis, Director of Taylor Public Library in Taylor, WI
  • Lauren Schuppe, Director of Madeline Island Public Library in La Pointe, WI
  • Jannette Thrane, Director of Juneau Public Library in Juneau, WI

Spring 2018

  • Carol Deer, Director of Packwaukee Public Library in Packwaukee, WI
  • Chris Kalupa, Director of Berlin Public Library in Berlin, WI
  • Carol Petrina, Director of Kewaunee Public Library in Kewaunee, WI

Fall 2017

  • Cathy Kolbeck, Director of Algoma Public Library in Algoma, WI
  • Barbara Krueger, Director of Deer Park Public Library in Deer Park, WI
  • Sarah Kyrie, Director of Argyle Public Library in Argyle, WI

Spring 2017

  • Erica Clarkson, Director of Frances L. Simek Memorial Library in Medford, WI
  • Shelly Knaack, Director of Presque Isle Community Library in Presque Isle, WI
  • Rachel Martens, Director of Hortonville Public Library in Hortonville, WI

Fall 2016

  • Teresa Hall, Director of Loyal Public Library in Loyal, WI

Spring 2016

  • Kristin Laufenberg, Director of Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto, WI

Fall 2015

  • Carla Huston, Director of the Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library in Stetsonville, WI

Fall 2013

  • Kim Metzke, Director of Greenwood Public Library in Greenwood, WI

Fall 2012

  • Arin Wilken, Director of Mondovi Public Library in Mondovi, WI