2015 BLF Scholarship Winner: Awarded to Kelsey Martin

25 2015 BLF Scholarship Winner Kelsey MartinThe Beaverton Library Foundation recently awarded its first scholarship to Kelsey Martin. She was selected from an impressive group of recent high school graduates who had all volunteered at the library for at least 50 hours.

Kelsey is a graduate of Beaverton High School and will be studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles this fall to major in cognitive science/psychology. She is the daughter of Craig and Sheila Martin.

In addition to her volunteer work at the library, Kelsey was president of her high school French Club, the treasurer of the Key Club, and a National Honor Society scholar. She recently received an award from the American Psychological Association for her original research on stereotypes.

Kelsey says that volunteering at the library taught her the importance of time management, as she worked on several library tasks including shelving items on hold, helping with summer reading, and preparing materials for children’s programs.

A lifelong Beaverton resident, Kelsey is grateful for the library: “The Beaverton City Library enriched my life in countless ways. During my childhood, it ignited endless curiosity. Throughout my adolescence, it provided me with an escape from the whirling world around me. Now, the library means more to me than ever before. It equipped me with the skills I will need to take on college and whatever comes after that. It fostered valuable experiences and reminded me of important life lessons.”

Founded in 1986, the Beaverton Library Foundation is dedicated to providing a margin of excellence for the Beaverton City Library through its sponsorship of summer reading and literary contests, along with general support for library programs and materials. Learn more about the Foundation at www.beavertonlibraryfoundation.org