Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) has had the honor of making an important contribution to the art community and beyond through our Scholarship program. Thanks to our many generous donors SAWG has been able to award well over $100,000 in scholarships since 1986. Our scholarship program is one of our most important missions because it supports art education. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, we would be happy to assist.


High school seniors and full-time college/university students from the greater Tucson area and Southeastern Arizona who are studying fine arts are eligible to apply. High school teachers and professors may recommend students for scholarships or students may apply individually. Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $1,500 and up to 7 scholarships will be given. Scholarships will be sent directly to the student's school where they will be enrolled.


Read the Application Requirements carefully and complete the Application Form.  Application materials must be received by April 15.




2022 Scholarship Award Winners     


Laura Hollander 2022 Scholarship
Ruby Johnson
City High School


Jennette 2022 Scholarship
Alexander Green
Flowing Wells High School


Ruby Johnson: Ruby is planning to attend Northern Arizona University. Her Favorite medium is graphite pencil and charcoal. She would like to receive an undergraduate degree in art, learning art history and a range of art techniques. After college she hopes to pursue a career in art, possibly as a curator or a teacher.


Alexander Green: Alex plans to attend Pima Community College Majoring in Fashion design with a Minor in Visual Arts. His favorite medium to work in is Acrylic. He would like to study fashion design and become an industry pattern maker.


Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild 2022 Scholarship
Payton Rokop
Ironwood Ridge High School

  Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild 2022 Scholarship
Natalie Corona
Sahuarita High School


Payton Rokop: Payton plans to attend Arizona State University next year. Favorite mediums to work in are Acrylic & Watercolor. Her future goals after graduating with a degree will be to travel for work, to see and experience all the beauty this world has to offer.



Natalie Corona: Natalie plans to attend Pima Community College after two years transfer to the University of Arizona. She plans to work hard and continue to succeed in education to secure a better future, hoping to give back to her father thanking him for being an amazing, supportive parent. Her Favorite medium is graphite. 



Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild 2022 Scholarship
Nina Garcia
University of Arizona School of Art

Nina Garcia: Nina is continuing her studies in University of Arizona School of Art, majoring in Studio Art: Emphasis-Illustration and Design. Favorite medium working in Acrylic and has plans to graduate from the University of Arizona as Graphic Design. Aspires to be a self-employed artist though plans may change, the ultimate goal is to have fun doing the things that are enjoyed the most.


2021 Scholarship Award Winners     


Jennette 2021 Scholarship
Aimee Loustanau
Sahuarita High School


Laura Hollander 2021 Scholarship
Florence von Grote
University of Arizona


Aimee Loustaunau:  Aimee will attend the University of Arizona with a major in Art and Visual Culture Education.  Her future goals are to become the art teacher that students are willing to talk to, to enable her students to become the best version of themselves, especially in art.  In short, to inspire her students to love art as much as she does.


Florence von Grote:  Before attending graduate school, Florence worked as a teacher, a mix of art and wood shop.  After graduation from the University of Arizona with a degree in Illustration and Design, Florence plans to return to being an art educator, as well as establishing herself as a freelance illustrator.  As she explains, painting and drawing will always be part of her day.


2021 Scholarship
Emily Kray
University of AZ

  2021 Scholarship
Toby Wilson
Push Ridge Christian Academy

Emily Kray:  Emily is pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Arizona so that she may teach figure studies, drawing, and/or painting at the collegiate and secondary education level.  Additionally, she will maintain a steady art-making practice as well as applying to residencies, exhibitions, and grants.   

Toby Wilson:  Toby will attend John Brown University to study Graphic Design and Illustration with the goal of becoming a working artist.  His aim is to use his creative gifts to express himself and his passion for art and design in a practical way.


2021 Scholarship
Kaya Lewis
Empire High School
  2021 Scholarship
Veronique Pomerleu
Sahuarita High School
Kaya Lewis:  Kaya will attend the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, with a major in Illustration.  She hopes to do freelance assignments and create illustrations for comics and/or children's books.   Veronique Pomerleau:  Veronique will attend Pima Community College to major in teaching and art.  She plans to begin her teaching career at the elementary school level and progress to middle/high school classes.


2021 Scholarship
Kelly Ngyuen
Desert View High School
Kelly Nguyen:  Kelly will study art and architecture at Pima Community College.  Through her studies, she hopes to create a unique lens by which people will be able to view the world.  Achieving an education will permit her to travel to gain experiences and inspiration everywhere she goes. 




2020 Award Winners



2016 - 2019 High School seniors artwork from the greater Tucson area that was previously awarded scholarships. 


Past scholarship winners' receptions


Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild supports student art education through our scholarship program. SAWG does this by providing scholarships to high school seniors and full-time college/university students from the greater Tucson area and Southeastern Arizona who are continuing their education through the study of fine arts. We could not do this without support from our sponsors.

SAWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that permits SAWG to accept tax-exempt donations for its various educational programs.

There are many ways you can support the Scholarship fund. 

  • Donate and ensure the continuation of our mission to promote the advancement and development of art education in all its forms.  No amount is too small or too large.

  • Make an automatic monthly donation.

  • Designate a Legacy Gift in your estate planning. A planned gift to SAWG through your estate will have a lasting impact on the future of student scholarships.  If you would like to set up a Legacy gift to SAWG, contact to obtain the information needed by your estate planner.

With your donations, we have been able to support many young students as they prepare for a career in the arts. 

Thank you for your support!




College students - put your creative and artistic skills to work while enhancing your resume on behalf of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild (SAWG) of Tucson.

Requirements:  College junior or senior to spend approximately 15-20 hours a week working with SAWG members to:

  • Support our audiovisual crew by recording virtual gallery classes and events

  • Support the marketing team by increasing SAWG presence on social media platforms reaching younger artists and students

  • Create short videos using DaVinci Resolves, Animoto, or OBS. The AV team will provide training on these software tools 

Benefits:  The student will be given a one-year membership in the SAWG, but the position is otherwise unpaid.  By helping the AV team, you will have free access to SAWG’s virtual gallery classes.  Depending on the student’s college programs, the Student Applicant could earn up to a maximum of 3 credits per semester.

To apply for this internship, please email your resume with a cover letter and reference letter to President Kay Sullivan at ASAP.  Virtual interviews will be scheduled post-finals the first week in January just before the beginning of the Spring Semester.


Jaquelee worked with SAWG from June to November 2020 and is a University of Arizona graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts.  Jaquelee wanted to get the experience of how a gallery functioned but unfortunately, COVID-19 closed our gallery temporarily so she had the opportunity to help SAWG in other ways. We had just purchased a new software package for e-commerce for our gallery that allowed us to virtually sell our artwork and support our exhibitions, premier workshops, and virtual classes. Jaquelee played a big part in helping us move forward in this virtual world.  She learned how to shoot, record, and edit our new Virtual Classes using OBS project, DaVinci Resolve and Animoto.  She also created and loaded all our social media marketing on Instagram and Facebook.  Search for Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild on Facebook and take a look.  We will miss Jaquelee and we wish her well on the new adventures ahead of her.