Visual Arts Scholarships and Awards

Written Application Instructions


Written Application: Due March 18, 2020 by 4:00 PM

in the VAPA Division Office, Room 1007

The Written Application has two parts, an Application Form and a Statement of Goals. Be sure to follow all instructions, complete each section thoroughly, and include all required components.

The application also requires a Faculty Signature/Nomination. If an instructor has not approached you yet about applying for a scholarship, please speak with an instructor asap about your interest in applying for a scholarship this year.

Step 2: Written Application Procedure Checklist

  • Part I – Scholarship Application Form: Follow instructions and complete the form, then submit by the Due Date. Includes a Faculty signature nomination.
  • Part II – Statement of Goals: Follow guidelines to help you write your statement, then submit it with the Application Form.
  • Copy of Current Transcript: Include a current unofficial transcript with your Application Form. Applicant may obtain an unofficial transcript from WebAdvisor.
  • Faculty Signature/Nomination: Meet with an Art Studio or Art Photography Faculty member and receive a Signature Nomination. Be sure to meet with your faculty person asap - do not leave this until the last minute!
  • Send an Email to Committee Chair: Once you have submitted your application - Email Dawn Nakanishi at - this is for an unofficial award notification. Send as Subject: 2020 Scholarship Submitted – Your Name.
  • Submit Completed Written Application: VAPA Division Office, Room 1007, on or before Wednesday, March 18, 2020, by 4:00 PM.

NO EXCEPTIONS. An incomplete Application will disqualify an applicant.

Tips for Writing the Statement:

  • Don't leave your Statement to the last minute. Get started writing now and work on it over several days.
  • Start with a first draft & don't worry about complete sentences – just get your ideas out where you can work on them.
  • Refine your Statement and remember to use Spellcheck! Keep it concise – one page or less.
  • When ready, have someone with good writing skills and experience proofread your Statement for you.

Questions to Jump Start Your Writing (this is not a checklist of requirements):

  • What goals do you have for your future in art?
  • Do you plan to continue your art studio education beyond Cabrillo?
  • When did you start making art? Maybe you want to tell the committee about your art making history.
  • What makes you want to study art? What inspires you?
  • How do you wish to express yourself with art?
  • What have you learned about yourself through art?
  • Tell the committee about the portfolio artwork you have submitted for review.
  • What have you learned specifically in the Cabrillo College Art Departments that has helped you, changed you, and/or inspired you?
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