SCHOLARSHIPS

WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA WATERCOLOR GUILD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM!


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.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR A SAWG SCHOLARSHIP?

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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SAWG SCHOLARSHIP?

Read the Application Requirements carefully and complete the Application Form.  Application materials must be received by April 15, 2021.


                                                                    


 

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. 

 

 

PAST SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

2020 Award Winners

 

 


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


 

Past scholarship winners' receptions


DONATIONS TO SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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 president@southernazwatercolorguild.com 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!


ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS...

 

INTERNSHIP WITH SAWG FOR 2021

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 President@southernazwatercolorguild.com ASAP.  Virtual interviews will be scheduled post-finals the first week in January just before the beginning of the Spring Semester.


2020 INTERN, JAQUELEE CHAU

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.