Creative Arts and Design

Visual Arts Scholarships and Awards


Visual Arts Scholarship and Awards in Art Studio and Art Photography

The Visual Arts Scholarship and Awards Committee is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to qualified and currently enrolled students in recognition of achievement in Art Studio and Art Photography course work. Scholarships and/or awards are available in all areas of instruction within the Art Studio and Art Photography Departments. The Visual Arts Scholarship and Awards Committee is responsible for the selection and assignment of these scholarships and awards.

To be eligible for a scholarship applicants must:

Ineligible Artworks: from Cabrillo Extension, CabrilloArts Workshops, Digital Media and Theater Arts classes.

A Scholarship Seminar is held to assist applicants with their Application and Portfolio presentation.

Students are not required to attend the seminar in order to apply.

  • Scholarships Application Information Seminar In person:
    Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 12-1pm, VAPA room 2021 (digilab)

Students may also be eligible for other scholarships. These scholarships have different committees, separate forms, instructions and due dates.

Please find more info about these scholarships and awards at:

• Cabrillo General Scholarships – Financial Aid Homepage

• Art History Scholarships – Send a message to Heather Gray

Art Studio and Art Photography

Visual Arts Scholarships and Awards

  • The application has three parts:

    • Faculty Scholarship Nomination (email Dawn Nakanishi with a subject line: "Visual Arts Scholarship Nomination for name____ , art category(s)" from the instructor nominating the student and their reasons for support.)

    • Online Application Form

    • Portfolio of 5 Artworks

    Please note: the Application and Portfolio have different due dates.

    At a glance -

    Important Dates & Application Requirements

    for the 2023 Visual Arts Scholarship:

  • STEP 1
    Eligibility Checklist

    Review requirements first, if you qualify –

    Speak with your instructor who will mentor and nominate you for scholarships. (Be sure to speak to your instructor ASAP!)

    Faculty Scholarship Nomination Statement and Signature Form must be completed by your instructor by

    Friday, March 17, 2022, 5 pm.

    Continue to STEP 2.

  • Step 2
    Application Form

    Complete & Submit Online Application Form by

    Sunday, March 26, 2023, 11:59 pm.

    No Late or Incomplete Applications will be Accepted

    Instructions and Written Application Submission

  • Step 3
    Portfolio of 5 Artworks

    Complete & Upload Portfolio Online

    Sunday, April 9, 2023, 11:59 pm.

    Instructions and Uploading your Portfolio

STEP 1: Visual Arts Scholarship Eligibility Requirements Checklist

  • Student is currently enrolled at Cabrillo College as a Continuing or Transfer Student.

  • Student has taken, or is currently taking a minimum of one 3‑unit course in Art Studio or Art Photography in the VAPA Division during this 2022-2023 academic year, and fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters. Note: Cabrillo Extension classes do not qualify for this requirement.

  • Student has taken, or is currently taking a minimum of 9 units of course work at Cabrillo College this 2022-2023 academic year, fall 2021 and 2022 spring. The 9 units of course work can include the above 3‑unit course. Some scholarships and awards require a 9 unit enrollment for the academic year and or continued college enrollment. There are exceptions to these requirements. Please see the exceptions note.*

  • Artwork submitted was created by the student for class assignments in an Art Studio and or Art Photography course at Cabrillo College within the last two years.

  • Student has not received Visual Arts Scholarships and/or Awards in two previous years.

Further Requirements:

  • Faculty Scholarship Nomination email to Dawn Nakanishi, Due Date March 17, 2023, 5pm

  • Submission of a completed Application Form, Due Date March 26, 2023, 11:59pm

  • Submission of a Portfolio of Five Artworks, Due Date April 9, 2023, 11:59 pm

* Exceptions to 9 Unit Requirements
Not all scholarships and awards have a 9 unit requirement: There are awards in Art Photography, 3-D (Ceramics, Sculpture, 3-D Design), and Small Scale Metals/Jewelry that do not have the 9 units per academic year requirement. Applicants must still meet all other requirements listed above.

Scholarship and Award Funds:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, will disburse funds to students and all questions should be addressed to that office.

* Please make sure that your Student Account is updated with your current address in order to receive this important notification.

  • March 1

    SCHOLARSHIP SEMINAR: March 1, 12:00 - 1:00 PM In Person VAPA Room 2021 (digilab)

  • March 26


  • March 27 - 31

    Spring Break

  • April 9


  • May 15


    Committee reviews applications & portfolios, and selects scholarships awards recipients.

  • May - August

    THANK YOU NOTE OF APPRECIATION: If you received notice from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office that you are a scholarship recipient, please write a Thank You Letter as directed. (Review the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office information for details.)

Art Scholarship Awards 2021


Isaiah Johnson

Art Photography

RH Santa Cruz Memorial Youth Foundation

Nathan Curtis

Jewelry & Metals

Norman J. Shields Memorial Endowed Scholarship & Mountain Arts Guild Endowed Scholarship

Emily Reynolds

Art Photography

Kirk Mill Ainsworth & Legakis, First Year Art Student

Trinity Maxon

Art Photography

Ralph Rapattoni

Jamie Paratore

Art Photography

Frances Marie Morrow, & Nakanishi First Year Art Student

Temple Hightower

Art Photography

Mary Wright Galipeaux

Shoshana Perrey

Jewelry & Metals

Blanche Greenberg

Irwin Pineada

Art Studio (drawing)

Howard Ikemoto

Sam Minard

Art Photography

Milton Edwards

Malia Main

Art Photography

Ralph Rapattoni

Kamala Taft

Art Photography

Miriam Colsey

Zoe Bertschi-Berkowitz

Art Studio (painting)

Tom Allen Memorial Endowed Painting Scholarship