Wanda Chin Scholarship

2013 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipients

Wanda Chin Professional Development Fund Silent and Live Auctions

Since 1997, the Western Museums Association (WMA) Annual Meeting has featured a Silent Auction in the Exhibit Hall. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Wanda Chin Scholarship program, which helps fund participation and travel to the Annual Meeting by professionals who might otherwise not be able to attend. The Scholarship program is a vital component of the WMA mission.

To Apply:

The 2014 Wanda Chin Scholarship application period is currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2015 for information about the 2015 Wanda Chin Scholarship.

The Wanda Chin Professional Development Scholarship helps to fund travel and registration for Western Museums Association (WMA) members and students who meet the following qualifications:

  1. Student (does not need to be a member)
  2. Incoming Professional (must be a member of WMA for at least one year and have been in the museum field for 1-5 years)
  3. Mid-career professional (must be a member of WMA for at least one year and have been in the museum field for 5+ years).


To Donate:

  1. Please fill out the Wanda Chin Donation form
  2. Ship your donation to the Annual Meeting location no more than 10 days prior to the conference, or simply bring the donation with you. Please note: WMA is not responsible for items shipped to the Annual Meeting location but not received.

Suggested donation items might be:

  • Museum gift shop items such as craft supplies, jewelry, books, etc.
  • Consultants can offer to extend their services
  • Art and collectibles from private collections is often attractive to bidders.
  • A vacation home stay
  • Donation of frequent flyer miles
  • Wine from your state
  • Gift baskets that highlight a specific locale or exhibit

Forms must be received by September 24, 2014 to be included in the List of Auction Items, which will be available at the 2014 Annual Meeting. WMA will still accept donations up until the 2014 Opening Reception.

Items may be brought or sent directly to the Annual Meeting location, but you must fill out this form in advance in order to receive proper acknowledgement at the Annual Meeting. Please note that WMA may combine your item with others if such a combination would bring higher bids. Auction winners are responsible for claiming and arranging any shipping of items.

Download Donation Form

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