Scholarship Recipients 2017

 As part of the Florida Library Association’s commitment to education and leadership development, each year 3 graduate scholarships are available to Florida residents attending either the FSU or USF library & information science graduate programs. These talented recipients make a commitment to work in a Florida library for a minimum of one year after graduation as well as to serve on an FLA Committee. This year, we had an incredible pool of very talented and accomplished students who are already making amazing contributions to the library world. We wish we could support all of the applicants!

The FSU Scholarship – Kristina Wernisch

Kristina Wernisch, our FSU Scholarship winner, has served in various capacities within the Palm Beach County Library system for 9 years and is currently a children’s specialist who is also serving in a year-long mentorship program within her system. Her references refer to her as a “leader among us” with potential for great feats.

The Bernadette Storck USF Scholarship – Luis Aponte


Luis Aponte, our USF Scholarship winner, has also worked for the Palm Beach County Library System for over 4 years and currently serves as a Reference Associate. He is also a writer and documentary film producer who still has time to serve in ALA, FLA, and the Friends of the Library. His references mention his commitment to going above and beyond, “can do” attitude and great leadership potential.

The Diversity Scholarship – Tammy Joyner


Tammy Joyner, our diversity scholarship winner, has worked at numerous libraries including Florida State University where she serves as an associate with the Claude Pepper Special Collections Library. Her references portray her as a hardworking and dedicated employee with outstanding integrity who provides excellent customer service.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 FLA Scholarship Winners!