Applications for scholarships will be open in late summer 2018. Applications will be due in November. The SMA Conference Committee will determine the winners of the scholarships and notify them by December 31, 2018.
Lisa Mason-Chaney Scholarship
Lisa Mason-Chaney, a former president of the Small Museum Association, embodied the spirit of SMA by demonstrating exactly how much could be done by the smallest of us. As a museum professional, her knowledge of and dedication to professional standards and best practices was unparalleled. She showed by example that to be small meant to be dynamic, vital, engaging, and relevant to the community. The scholarship awarded in her honor supports funding for a Conference attendee who also reflects the same traits.
Lesley van der Lee ScholarshipsThe Small Museum Association’s Lesley van der Lee Scholarships offer funding for up to ten SMA Conference attendees. Lesley van der Lee is an important part of the history of the SMA, as she was often responsible for planning the SMA Conference during its formative years. Lesley designed legislation that provided for the Maryland Historical and Cultural Museum Assistance Program and taught up-and-coming museum professionals in the Museum Studies program at the George Washington University. The scholarship named in her honor covers the cost of conference registration, hotel room, meals and a one-year membership in the SMA.
Anyone affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or related graduate study program (e.g. Museum Studies, Public History, Library and Information Studies, Historic Preservation) is eligible for the Lisa Mason-Chaney and Lesley van der Lee Scholarships. This includes full-time or part-time employees, board members, students, interns, and volunteers. Past conference attendees are encouraged to apply but previous scholarship winners are not eligible.
Museum Organization ScholarshipsThe Small Museum Association is partnering with several other museum organizations to offer additional scholarships to this year’s conference:
The Small Museum Association (SMA) recognizes two museum professionals each year at its conference by selecting them for awards. The two awards available are:
Nominating a colleague for either of these awards is an excellent opportunity to publicly acknowledge their hard work at one museum or in the small museum field. The nomination form will be available in late summer 2018.