Current Scholarships

The Alfred University k12clay Val Cushing Scholarship

This award was created by The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation and Alfred University to honor Alfred Professor Val Cushing, Chairman of Ceramic Arts, our juror in 2004, President of NCECA twice, and a man whose spirit and warmth spread across our community as a founding father. This Full Four Year Scholarship to Alfred fulfills our dream of extending his legacy each year through the hands and heart of one deserving young student whose work and deeds have earned them this honor.

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Created by Alfred University
Kansas City Art institute Scholarship - Senior 22k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 22k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art institute Scholarship - Senior 22k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 22k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art institute Scholarship - Senior 20k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 20k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art institute Scholarship - Senior 20k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 20k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Sierra Nevada College

Dear Applicant for the K – 12 NCECA Ceramics Show, We’re excited to collaborate with the National K-12 Exhibition Foundation, Inc. to offer this scholarship opportunity for the K-12 high school exhibit applicants. Sierra Nevada College has a strong ceramics and Fine Arts program. We hope that you will consider applying to SNC where we offer small classes and talented faculty. The ceramics scholarship is for an annual renewable award in the amount of $10,000.00 that will help meet your cost of attendance at SNC. This scholarship will renew for up to four years (eight consecutive semesters) of full-time undergraduate enrollment, for a total scholarship award of $40,000. In order to be considered for the scholarship, please submit a portfolio, which should consist of 5 – 15 images of your artwork. It does not have to be exclusively ceramics, it can be created in any medium. This may be submitted in the form of a digital portfolio sent via email, or on a cd. If you would like to bring work to SNC, we can arrange for a campus visit too. Upon receipt of your portfolio, we’ll contact you to set up a phone interview, or an interview in person. We are looking for hard working, serious art students, who are committed to a liberal arts education. Please note, as a Sierra Nevada Art Scholarship recipient, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The maximum annual Art Scholarship cannot exceed the total amount of undergraduate tuition and fees. If you qualify for federal grants, such as the Pell Grant or a state grant, such as the Nevada Millennium Scholarship, your Art scholarship will be equal to the difference between those awards and the annual cost of tuition and fees at Sierra Nevada College. You can apply to SNC online at no charge at www.sierranevada.edu/apply . Please state on your application that you were an applicant to the K-12 ceramics show. You and your family can be proud of your outstanding artistic accomplishments. We view this scholarship opportunity as the start of an important partnership between you, your family, and the Sierra Nevada College community. Mission of Sierra Nevada College Our graduates will be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. SNC combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum which emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic, and educational sustainability. Why SNC Here at Sierra Nevada College, we take on life with momentum and energy. Our Fine Arts studios have 24 hour access, small class sizes, and a sense of close knit community between faculty and students. The faculty are young, accomplished, practicing artists that truly care about the students. We offer a one person show to our BFA students, where they have the gallery exclusively to themselves, and have an individual show announcement, and opening. SNC offers: Learning. Boarding. Exploring. Skiing. Creating. Biking. Analyzing. Hiking. Discovering. At Sierra Nevada College, we reach high, like the mountains around us, and we learn at an incline. Sierra Nevada Ranks Top 20 comprehensive Western colleges... U.S. News & World Report. Location To some, Lake Tahoe is a recreational wonderland made up of world-class resorts and intense natural beauty. To us, Tahoe is a laboratory for learning, where altitude and attitude come together to create a truly unique atmosphere for studying liberal arts. Sierra Nevada College is 1 mile to nearest ski/snowboard resort... 10 resorts within 45 minutes, and it’s walking distance to the lake. You may also be eligible for need-based financial assistance in addition to your potential scholarship. The SNC Office of Financial Aid will begin sending financial aid notification letters to admitted students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and sent it to SNC. If you filed a FAFSA but did not request that information be sent to SNC, you may do so by making corrections on the Student Aid Report (SAR) you received from the federal student aid program and entering the Sierra Nevada College code number of 009192. If you have questions about how to make corrections, you can contact the FAFSA Help Desk at (800) 4-fed-aid. If you have not filed a FAFSA and you are seeking admission, we encourage you to do so online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Sierra Nevada College awards generous need-based grants to students who have filed the FAFSA. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at: 775.881.7588 or sleigh@sierranevada.edu Sheri Leigh O’Connor, Chair, Fine Arts Rick Parsons, Ceramics Professor rparsons@sierranevada.edu Sierra Nevada College

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Created by Rick Parsons
The Ingrid Mahan Foundation Scholarship

Recognizing the importance of continuing education in all aspects of life, the Ingrid Mahan scholarship award is joyfully given to a deserving student whose skill, desire to learn, and dedication to mastering the medium of clay has been demonstrated. This scholarship is a renewable award for direct payment of tuition of $1000 annually for up to four years, with re-qualification by merit of academic standing, a demonstrable commitment to the study of ceramics, and significant progress.

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Created by The Ingrid Mahan Foundation
Ernst Family Scholarship

The inspiration for the creation of these initial gifts was to honor the vision, dedication and efforts of the ceramic educators, the students they mentor, and the many volunteers nationwide affiliated with bringing The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation and its dream of having a Scholarship Fund to fruition. We joyfully welcome you to join our heartfelt commitment to k12clay.org in support of The National K-12 Scholarship Fund, and ask that you give generously to grow this fund for deserving student artists. They are our future. With gratitude to the K-12 Board for your vision, Nancy and Ken Ernst, Ingrid and Marvin Mahan This $1000 award is selected by the Scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition.

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Created by Ken and Nancy Ernst
Emily C. Specchio Scholarship

The mission of the Emily Specchio foundation is to celebrate the life of Emily C. Specchio by following her inspirational lead in continuing to support charitable organizations close to her heart. The Emily C. Specchio Scholarship has been created in her name to give an annual $1000 scholarship to a student in this exhibition with similar interests and passions which can be summarized with the mission of her foundation "Embrace that Which Defines You". Please read more about this wonderful organization at Emily C Specchio Foundation. Selection for this award is made by the Scholarship committee.

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Created by Emily C Specchio Foundation
AMACO (American Art Clay Company) Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2012 by Jeff and Bond Sandoe on behalf of AMACO/brent. Intended to help advance future study of ceramics by a graduating senior, the award of $1000 for direct payment toward tuition, is selected by the scholarship committee.

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Created by AMACO
brent Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2012 by Jeff and Bond Sandoe on behalf of American Art Clay Company. Intended to help advance future study of ceramics by a graduating senior, the award of $1000 for direct payment toward tuition, is selected by the scholarship committee.

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Created by AMACO
Helen and Daniel Feder Scholarship

Given to a student whose excellent work displays creative problem-solving and overcoming obstacles. The $500 award, selected by the scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition, is donated by Nancy & Ken Ernst, Bob Feder, Barbara Feder-Murdock and Zach Murdock in honor of Helen and Daniel Feder.

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Created by K12 Clay Scholarship Fund
Jared Branfman Memorial Scholarship

Jared Branfman was an artist of extraordinary ability and passion. He was an athlete and league champion in wrestling, track, and soccer. He was a scholar of art history, Hispanic culture and was fluent in Spanish. He was a person whose life and spirit embodied curiosity, intellect, creativity, kindness, boundless energy, and incomparable courage. A love of education and a dedication to sharing his knowledge and experience with others was in his blood. Jared passed away on September 27, 2005 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was 23 years old. This scholarship is given in celebration of the life of our son, brother, and friend Jared. The Branfman Family This $500 award is selected by the Scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition.

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Created by Steven Branfman
Mary Bowron Award

Visionary ceramic artist Mary Bowron (1933-2017), lived near Boyds, Maryland, and was inspired by all aspects of the natural world and social justice issues. For more than 60 years, she worked as a painter, potter, print-maker and sculptor. Always gratified to know young people were expressing their originality in clay, she would be pleased to know this award celebrates the creative achievement of people she never had the opportunity to meet.

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Created by Jack Troy
Lucy Roy Memorial Scholarship

Though neither a K-12 clay teacher nor a potter, Lucy Roy worked for years helping the K-12 exhibition. Her warmth and wisdom helped us find better ways to work and to organize our show. She brought a grace and sense of calm to the process of setting up our show. Her penetrating yet joyful appreciation of the student work led us to seek her help to set up the exhibition. Her spirit is with us when we begin each year. This award is selected by the scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition.

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Created by K12 Clay Scholarship Fund