Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Travel Stipend

Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Travel Stipend

To encourage the development of an emerging leader in state and territorial archives, the Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Travel Stipend will provide one stipend (up to a maximum of $1,000) each year for an individual to attend the annual Council of State Archivists meeting. Eligible nominees are individuals who have worked in a state or territorial archives less than five (5) years AND have never attended a CoSA Annual Meeting.

$500 will be presented to the recipient when the award is announced; the remainder will be paid to the recipient upon satisfactory submission of receipts and completed reimbursement form.

**The recipient must attend the CoSA Work Session and Business Meeting in order to receive the full stipend.

Nomination Forms, Procedures, and Selection

Any organization or individual is invited to nominate an organization, person(s) or program(s). Nomination of oneself or one's organizations is permissible and encouraged.

All nominations are submitted via email and must include the following items:

  • CoSA Awards Nomination Form
  • Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Travel Stipend Nomination Form Supplement
  • Essay addressing the criteria listed by discussing the accomplishments and ongoing work of the nominee.
  • Letter(s) of support from at least one person familiar with the nominee's work and/or at least one CoSA member.
  • Supporting materials may be submitted and may include nominees' resumes or biographies, illustrations of work products and promotional materials, press releases, press clippings, and other related materials.

Email one complete nomination packet to

An Awards Committee, appointed by the President and comprised of at least one Board member and two CoSA members, will review the nominations and select the recipients.

2022 Nominations, Selection, and Presentation Schedule

April 4, 2022: Deadline for nominations - Midnight Eastern Time

May 9, 2022: Notification of award recipients

September 2022: Awards presented at CoSA-Best Practices Exchange in Nashville, September 26-28

Award Recipients

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Tyler Stump
Recipient of a 2019 Victoria Irons Walch Emerging Leader Travel Stipend Award


  • Tyler Stump, Pennsylvania


  • Patricia Mitchell, Tennessee
  • Catheryne Popovitch, Illinois
  • Megan Rohleder, Kansas


  • No honoree selected


  • No honoree selected


  • Kristopher Stenson, Oregon
  • Melissa Salazar, New Mexico


  • Veronica Martzahl, Massachusetts