Hello PIALA Family:

Karen Peacock Memorial PIALA Scholarship Application is now open!  Deadline to apply no later than June 14, 2019

The Karen Peacock Memorial Scholarship in partnership with Hawaii Library Association and Pacific Island Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums, supports one qualified recipient to this year's Hawai’i Library Association (HLA) Conference. This year’s conference will be from November 9-11, 2019 on the island of Kauai at the Koloa Landing Resort.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Karen M. Peacock, who passed away in 2010. She was professor emeritus and retired curator of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Born in Richmond, Indiana, Karen spent her childhood years in Palau, Pohnpei, and Saipan in Micronesia where her father, Daniel J. Peacock, served as the director of library services. Karen was devoted the Pacific, especially Micronesia.  She gave a great deal of her time and energy to supporting the work of Pacific libraries, archives, and museums, and advising and mentoring many of the islanders with whom she came into contact.  As one of the founding members of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives, Karen participated in many annual conferences throughout the region.

Hawaii Library Association will cover airfare for this year’s scholarship recipient.  In addition, PIALA will provide up to $1,000.00 to cover lodging, meal, and other related travel expenses.

Application must include:

  • Completed Application Form (pdf doc).

  • Proof of current PIALA membership.

  • A statement no longer than 1 page describing:

    • Why you would like to attend the HLA Annual Conference.

    • How you will share the knowledge and resources learned at the conference with other PIALA members.


Scholarship Requirements: 

  1. Must be a current member of PIALA.

  2. Must attend the HLA Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded and provide proof of registration and attendance to scholarship administrator. 

  3. Must prepare a brief presentation during the HLA conference updating HLA members on PIALA activities. Format and delivery options are the choice of the recipient, but may be mentored/guided by the PIALA Board. 

  4. Must share knowledge and resources with PIALA members based on subjects/topics learned at the HLA conference. Format and delivery options are the choice of the recipient, but may be mentored/guided by the Scholarship Committee.


Scholarship Administration:

  • Applications will be submitted via email to: piala.org@gmail.com

  • Only one recipient will be chosen per year.

  • Deadline for application: June 14, 2019.

  • Scholarship recipient will be chosen by: PIALA Scholarship Committee or PIALA Board members.

  • PIALA Board will contact HLA Board within 3 days of announcing the recipient.

  • There are only two restrictions on who may apply: current PIALA membership and not having previously received this award.  Scholarship awarded only once to any single individual.  PIALA Board members may apply.


Thank you all and good luck to everyone!


Erlinda C. Naputi, President

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