Our Art Scholarship Program allows us to fulfill part of our mission to promote education in the arts–especially pastels. Each year, we solicit high school art teachers to help us find talented, dedicated students interested in pursuing a career in art at a junior or four-year college or university.

Applicants can apply for this $1500 annual scholarship as long as they fit the criteria set out by the Board of PSWC, which is as follows:

  • Must be a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in a junior or four-year accredited college or university with enrollment in an art class.
  • Must  submit hand drawn or painted, original artwork created by the student (no photography or digital work accepted)
  • Must be recommended by an art teacher, counselor, or PSWC member
  • Must submit a portfolio of work, an artist statement and a completed application questionnaire to the Board.

Please direct inquiries for scholarships to Pam Comfort.

Scholarship Timeline:

Summer: After the scholarship for the current year is awarded, plans will be made regarding outreach for the coming year.

Fall: Ensure updated information for eBlasts, newsletters, magazine and the PSWC website. Contact relevant board members regarding these communication tools. Keep Board informed of any anticipated changes/updates.

Winter: Begin to email art department chairs, teachers, counselors, and administrators within selected areas to inform them of the scholarship and include application link for students. Continue to send reminders monthly through early spring.

April 15 cut-off date for applications: Applications must be submitted via the PSWC website by April 15 to qualify

Soon After Cut-off: Ensure that Board Members receive the qualifying candidates’ applications for review

  • Tally Board votes to determine scholarship winner
  • Contact winners school (high school only)
  • Notify winner(s) and all applicants of results

Follow-up: Contact the Financial Aid office of college for information concerning sending the check and how they want it handled (who is the check made out to, etc.). What information is to be included in the letter to the college explaining the scholarship requirements (name, student ID number, address, phone number, etc.)

Recognition: Facilitate the recognition of the awardee at high school (if appropriate) and at annual Pastels USA event in June. Assist in forwarding information for recognition on PSWC website and in publications

Here is the Art Scholarship Announcement 2021 PSWC SCHOLARSHIP INFO 2021: a printable scholarship information guide.

Past Scholarship Winners

2019 Scholarship recipient

Maria Nunez

2018 Scholarship Recipient

Paige Baldwinson

2017 Scholarship recipient
Ambriehl Zepeda-Ruelas

Lindsay, CA
Lindsay High School
College of attendance: Porterville College
Major: Art Studies

2015 Scholarship recipient
Madeline Morgan Honeycutt
My name is Madeline Morgan Honeycutt and I am one of the 2015 recipients of the Pastel Society of the West Coast Scholarship! Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to apply for this scholarship and the honor of receiving it. I cannot express my gratitude for your society’s support and generosity.
Again, thank you so much for this scholarship and for the wonderful opportunity that it provides.

2014 Scholarship recipient
Iris Nani Lee
Sacramento, CA
Major: Art
College of attendance: California State University at San Marcos

2013 Scholarship recipient
Fernando Navarro
Stockton, CA
Fernando wants to pursue a career in teaching art and then later to become an professor of art history.

2012 Scholarship recipient
Teagon McLarnan
El Dorado Hills, CA
Oak Ridge High School
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

2011 Scholarship recipients
John Velickovic
Stockton, CA
University of California, Irvine

Sasha Schotzko-Harris
Galt, CA
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, CA

2010 Scholarship recipients
Stephanie Lin
Granite Bay H.S., Granite Bay, CA
to Ex’pression College for Digital Arts
Emeryville, CA

Alison Aycrigg
Orangewood Christain H.S., Winter Park, FL
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2007 Scholarship recipient
Holly Kimball

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