Young Artists Scholarships

2018 Gualala Arts Young Artist Scholarship Award winners are (l-r) Willa Dordrey, Sebastian Reaves, and Julie Hidalgo.

The 2018 Gualala Arts Young Artist Scholarship award winners are Willa Cordrey, Sebastian Reaves, and Julie Hidalgo. Gualala Arts is delighted to be able to provide scholarships for these three excellent students.

Julie Hidalgo is a talented photographer. Due to the the lack of a photography program at Point Arena High School, she is primarily self-taught. She shared photos with the scholarship committee on a wide variety of subjects and spoke passionately about her dream of working for National Geographic. Toward this end, she plans on attending Santa Rosa Junior College to take advantage of its excellent photography program, and to complete her general education requirements before transferring to Academy of Art in San Francisco.  Julie said she has already been accepted, but will defer her attendance.

Willa Cordrey is a multi-faceted artist, drawing and working with prints and batik on fabric. She plans on attending Mills College, after a gap year, with the aim of becoming an elementary school teacher.  Willa said she will use art extensively in her classroom as a path to teach and inspire her future students.

Sebastian Reaves is also a talented artist, displaying several wonderful drawings during the interview process. He plans, however, to pursue the Culinary Arts. To that end, Sebastian will attend Mendocino Junior College in the fall and enroll in the Culinary Arts Program. He hopes someday to be a chef.

Gualala Arts Young Artist Scholarship program invites applications from local graduating seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Thanks to community donations, Gualala Arts has been able to award 51 art scholarships totaling over $50,000 since its inception sixteen years ago.

Offered through the fundraising efforts of the Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild (PPQG) through their annual Art in the Redwoods Quilt Raffle, the Young Artist Scholarship program is open to graduating seniors who reside in Gualala Arts’ region, from Fort Ross to Elk, and intend to pursue a career in some field of art. Individual scholarships have ranged from $500 to $2,000. Qualifications include strong interest, activity and accomplishments in some field of the arts and plans to enroll in program of art studies at a college or university.

Faye Ritchie and Kaed Sanders, 2017 graduating seniors and scholarship winners, with the scholarship committee.

Scholarship winners have gone on to develop their talents at a wide variety of specialized institutions, community colleges, colleges and universities in fields as various as painting, ceramic arts, music, performing arts, photography, writing and more.

Information on how and where to apply may be obtained from scholarship counselors at Point Arena High School, Pacific Community Charter High School and South Coast Community High School.

Local residents attending Mendocino High School and home schooled graduates may pick up application information at Gualala Arts Center or download the 2018 Scholarship application instructions. Deadline for completed applications is April 9, 2018.

“This scholarship is a helping hand and note of encouragement,” says Nancy Kyle, chair of the Gualala Arts Awards Committee. “Since the mission of Gualala Arts is to promote public interest and participation in the arts, what better way to help a talented young person already active and productive in a field of the arts? This is Gualala Arts’ way of saying ‘we applaud you and here’s a scholarship to help you on the career path you have chosen.'”

Anyone wishing to make a contribution toward the support of young artists or wishing further information on the program should contact David “Sus” Susalla, Executive Director, Gualala Arts. Gualala Arts Awards Committee thanks the Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild (PPQG) for its longtime and ongoing support of the Young Artists Scholarship fund through its annual donation of the proceeds from the Art in the Redwoods Quilt Raffle.

For complete information on how to apply for the Gualala Arts Young Artists Scholarships, see the 2018 Scholarship application instructions.

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