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NCSFA Scholarship Winners for 2017
$4,000 in Scholarships!

The NCSFA Scholarship Committee, Margaret North, Jan Bowersox, Sue Ann Daffara and Sharon Ford received applications from six of the local high schools. We selected and awarded six scholarships of various amounts. We had $4000 total this year to divide amongst the very talented student applicants.

The recipients of the NCSFA 2017 Scholarships are as follows:

Sarah Henwood, 2017 NCSFA Scholarship Winner



Sarah Henwood of Westview High School

Sarah demonstrated not only a very creative and talented ability with her artwork but a level of confidence and maturity to pursue her goals in visual art as she attends the college of her choice; Cal State Long Beach or Savana College of Art and Design. Her career goal is an illustrator with film or animation.

Kaitlyn Kolsky, 2017 NCSFA Scholarship Winner



Kaitlyn Kolsky of Mt Carmel High School

Kaitlyn is very focused with her desired vocational direction with her fine art talent and creativity. She will be continuing her education at SDSU or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with aspirations in graphic design for marketing.

Sooyoung Kim NCSFA scholarship winner 2017



Sooyoung Kim of Rancho Bernardo High School

Sooyoung is an International Student from Korea. Her incredible creativity and talent is evident in her art portfolio. Her parents are professors of art in Korea. It is her desire to follow in their foot-steps and apply her artistic ability to teach art while developing her talents as a studio artist.  She has been accepted to the UC colleges and Art Center College of Design of LA.

Jessica Boyer, 2017 NCSFA Scholarship winner



Jessica Boyer of Del Norte High School

Jessica demonstrated to the Scholarship Committee her talent in drawing and scratch board illustrations. She plans to continue her education in fine art to become an art teacher. She has been accepted to several colleges with a major in Art Education. She is the first one in her family to go to college.

Fathie Fang 2017 Scholarship Winner



Kathie Fang of Scripps Ranch High School

Kathie impressed us with her determination to pursue her passion for fine art despite obstacles in life. She is a very talented and creative artist. Her major at the college of her choice is graphic design and animation. Her vocational goal is to become an artist in animation for Disney, Pixar or Cartoon Network.

Leif Protor, 2017 NCSFA Scholarship Winner



Leif Proctor of Poway High School

Leif shared his enthusiasm for visual arts and performing arts with the Scholarship Committee. His artwork demonstrated his talent and creativity. His vocational goals of becoming an artist will no doubt be developed along with his fine art talent as he attends Miramar College and then transfers to a university.

Only Seniors graduating in 2018 from Scripps Ranch HS or PUSD HS: Abraxas, Del Norte,
Mt. Carmel,Poway, Rancho Bernardo HS, 4S HS, and Westview
are eligible for 2018 NCSFA Scholarships

please scroll below for application process and previous award winners

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The NCSFA awards scholarships each year to deserving North County high school seniors who intend to pursue degrees in the visual art fields.  Students must complete the application, meet the requirements and be interviewed by a selection committee. It is a one-time honor, and the rewards are determined by the success of our fund raising.

Part of the mission of North County Society of Fine Arts is, "To promote art scholarships for students". Each year the society offers scholarships to area high school students who plan to pursue careers in fine arts.

The process of selecting scholarship recipients takes several months, beginning in February, when area schools are contacted. These include: Abraxas Continuation HS, Mt Carmel HS, Poway HS, Rancho Bernardo HS, Westview HS, Scripps HS, and Del Norte HS

Counselors and art teachers receive a packet at that time, which includes a flyer announcing the scholarships and an application form, both of which may be copied and distributed to the students. Teachers often play a role in identifying possible applicants, but so long as those who apply are Seniors who plan to pursue a career in the visual arts, the invitation to apply is open. The deadline for application is printed on the flyer along with information on eligibility, the mailing address, contact people. Scholarship awards are given at the high school's own award or recognition ceremony, if the school offers this opportunity.

Interviews begin in April. The Scholarship Committee, which this year include Sharon Ford, Margaret North and Jan Bowersox, set up interview schedules either with the counseling departments or directly with the art teachers.

The committee meets with each applicant in a private setting, sometimes a conference room, sometimes an unoccupied classroom, according to the direction of the counselors or teachers.

The interviews consist of two major parts:

Discussion of the completed application form which gives information on the colleges and universities that the applicant has pursued and/or been accepted to, financial support approaches, his/her vocational goals, personal history in art both formally and informally, the influence of others, and involvement in organizations -school clubs, involvement in creative and practical arts, athletics, awards, theater, science fair, and hobbies. During the interview, applicants are given the opportunity to add pertinent information concerning special needs within the family, and it ends with an invitation to "brag on themselves" and to say why they should receive a scholarship.

In the second part of the interview, the student shares his/her work with the committee.
Each applicant is asked to bring about ten pieces of his/her best work. These should demonstrate a range of different subject matter, media and approach, to show the student's interests and talents. The discussion centers on the background of the choice, the reasons for creating the piece, and what the artist was trying to achieve.

Each interview takes approximately thirty minutes.

The final stage in the scholarship selection process follows this course of action:
Each committee member individually reviews her notes and gives a preliminary ranking to all the applicants.

The committee meets to confer on this ranking. The discussion includes individual response to each applicant, referral to photos of the artwork taken at the time of the interview and subsequent adjustment, where necessary, to reach a consensus.
Students are then notified . Each applicant is contacted. Those who have not been awarded a scholarship are encouraged to continue to develop their skills and to persevere towards reaching their goals

Questions? Contact Sharon Ford

About our Scholarships at a glance:

Only Seniors graduating in 2018 from Scripps Ranch HS or PUSD HS: Abraxas, Del Norte,
Mt. Carmel,Poway, Rancho Bernardo HS, 4S HS, and Westview
are eligible for 2018 NCSFA Scholarships

The NCSFA Scholarship Committee sends scholarship packages to area High Schools in February, for a March applicant deadline
inviting Senior graduates who are planning a career in visual arts (two or three dimensional art) to apply for one of our scholarships

Winners:  Scholarships awarded at end-of -year school award ceremony, if appropriate.
Information and packages are available by clicking the links above

Please scroll down for previous winners

The North County Society of Fine Arts would like to congratulate all the recipients ofscholarships. It is very gratifying to see so much talent and creativity among the aspiring artists.Thanks to everyone who helped to support them as they begin their careers in the Fine Arts.

Scholarship Awards 2016: $3200 Awarded, honoring eight talented graduating seniors

The students have been awarded NCSFA scholarships in various amounts, with an overall total of $3,200.00. This is a unique year for the scholarships, as one thousand dollars was the result of a special bequest from our longtime member, Albina Ziobro, who asked that she be remembered through the talents of students pursuing fine arts in college. With contributions from her family and friends as well as NCSFA members, we awarded two $500.00 scholarships. Many thanks to everyone who made Albina’s wish come true.

The remaining $2,200.00 was distributed to six selected Seniors, whom the committee interviewed, looked at their work and discussed their future plans in Fine Arts, in college.

Autumn Nicole Smith
Autumn Nicole will attendCalifornia Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Her major will be Studio/Fine Art with a minor in French or Anthropology. Her longterm goal is to be a professional artist or art professor. She has won numerous awards in art and also does commissions.She is highly motivated, shows versatily and creativity.
Autumn Smith NCSFA Scholarship winner
Jessica Peng
Jessica has been accepted at CalArts, the Disney School, and is one of only two students in her school to do so. Her career plans are to be a graphic designer/animator. She is devoted to the arts and works very hard to achieve her goals. She has won a number of awards in art.
Jessica Pend, NCSFA Scholarship winner
Amanda Petr
Amanda will attend the University of Nebraska, where she sill continue her studies in art, with math and architecture as minors. She has a great interest in buildings of all descriptions and her work is very detailed and realistic. She hopes to become an architect, and is passionate about art.
Amanda Petr
Julie Kim
Julie will go to the School of Art Institute, Chicago, in the Fall. She has been awarded a merit scholarship, and wants to specialize in Fine Art and Illustration. Her longtime career goal is to become an art professor.She is actively involved in a professional art studio, which she attends three times a week and is devoted to art and the development of her skills.
Julie Kim NCSFA Scholarship winner
Cassandra Mullens
Cassandra has plans to attend Miramar College to earn an Associate Degree, before transferring to a four year University. Her greatest ambition is to become an animator and illustrator. She is very hardworking and is excited about developing her skills in the Fine Arts.
Cassandra Mullens, NCSFA Scholarship winner
Jade Sommers
Jade will be attending SDSU in the Fall, where she wants to continue to expand her art talents
in conjunction with her love of the environment and her interest in marine biology and
engineering. She would like to do scientific drawings of marine and other animals, and perhaps
work for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She is very enthusiastic about art and has
produced numerous art pieces in various media, including sculpture and surfboard design. She
does commissions for others and has some of her work on display in the school.
She plans to make art an integral part of her life.
Jade Sommers, NCSFA scholarship winner 2016

Larz Vahamaki
Larz has been accepted at SAIC, Chicago. He plans to major in graphic design, illustration and
industrial design. His longterm goal is to earn a BFA, and to eventually develop an in-house
design team. His art portfolio has been selected as the most outstanding portfolio in the AP
class. His work is varied and creative. He is dedicated to further developing his skills in art and
is excited about the future.
Larz is a recipient of the Albina Ziobro Scholarship.
Lars Vahamaki, NCSFA Scholarship winner 2016

James Cradit
James will be attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where he will pursue a career in
industrial design or sculpture, with a career goal of becoming a product- design artist. He has
won numerous scholastic awards and art/writing awards.He enjoys ceramics, jewelry and
metalwork, as well as drawing and painting.
James is a recipient of the Albina Ziobro Scholarship.
James Cradit, NCSFA scholarship winner 2016
$2500 Awarded! Honoring our Five Exceptional 2015 NCSFA Scholarship Winners
The NCSFA Scholarship Committee, consisting of Margaret North, Jan Bowersox and Pat Kent,
interviewed Seniors from area High Schools who plan to further their studies in the visual arts in college.
These students have been awarded NCSFA scholarships in various amounts, with a total of $2,500 awarded.
We wish these talented students every success as they follow their dreams in the visual arts.

The recipients are:
Kaitlin Breed (Westview H.S.), Mark Rempel (Scripps Ranch HS), Keith Spenser (Rancho Bernardo HS),
Rowan Smith (Rancho Bernardo HS), Austin Johnson (Rancho Bernardo HS):
Kaitlin Breed, 2015 NCSFA scholarship winner

Kaitlin Breed

Kaitlin will attend California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, this Fall, to pursue a degree in graphic communications. Her career goal is in graphic design. She wants to work with people and coompanies to create corporate logos, websites packaging and other creative content to be used in social media, online portfolios and other web­based media.

Kaitlin shows great versatility, is focused, committed and motivated.

Mark Rempel, 2015 NCSFA scholarship winner

Mark Rempel

Mark has been accepted at the University of Oregon, where he will pursue a career in biological illustration. He has attended courses in the National Outdoor Leadership School, in Alaska, where he developed leadership skills. He has also completed an internship at the San Diego Zoo, where he learned conservation science.His imaginative approach and versatility, along with his interest in animals, artifacts and biology, provide sound preparation for his chosen career as a researcher and wildlife illustrator.

Mark is enthusiastic, creative and strongly motivated.

Keith Spencer, 2015 NCSFA Scholarship Winner

Keith Spencer

Keith has been accepted at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in NY.He is planning a career in industrial design. He is particularly interested in art using physical materials. He has taken classes with the Guild, in Escondido learning skills using woods, wrought iron and welding. He has made and sold metal creations and furniture,Keith is committed to art and is very enthusiastic about making it his career. It has already influenced his life in many ways.

His longterm goals include higher degrees in industrial arts, and eventually owning his own business.

Rowan Smith Scholarship Winner

Rowan Smith

Rowan will attend Cal State Fullerton, next Fall.She wants to pursue a career in the field of animation or graphic design.She is hardworking and is motivated to learn and to develop her skills in the arts.

She is excited about furthering her studies in the arts and especially in graphic art and animation.

Austin Johnson, NCSFA scholarship winner

Austin Johnson

Austin has been accepted at Cal State Fullerton. He will major in animation.His creativity in journalism, coupled with his animation skills, have won him awards in several school newspapers and first place in computer graphics at the San Diego State Fair.

Austin is highly motivated and is looking forward to following his aspirations of combining animation and creative journalism.

$2700 Awarded! Announcing our Five Talented 2014 NCSFA Scholarship Award Winners

Kayleigh Cowart ( Mt. Carmel H.S.)

Kayleigh will attend the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Interior Design. This
is the highest ranked school in the U.S. for this specialty. It offers a 5-6 year co-op program,
and Kayleigh will work with three different companies during her time there.

Last summer, she was accepted to the Pratt Institute of Design, in Brooklyn, where she earned four university credits. She is enthusiastic, committed and motivated.

Kayleigh Cowart ( Mt. Carmel H.S.)

Sydney Snyder (Poway H.S.)

Sydney Snyder (Poway H.S.)

Sydney has been accepted to three 3-D Animation schools: Loyola Marymount and Chapman University
(both in L.A.) and Emerson (Boston).

She wants to be a Character Artist (Managua) and has taken several courses in high school to prepare herself for a degree in this field.

Her work demonstrates creativity and versatility and she is excited about pursuing a degree in this area of art.

Rachael Foster (Poway H.S.)

Rachael has been accepted by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, with locations in San
Diego and L.A.

She hopes to pursue a career in fashion design and buying for Nordstrom's, where she
works part-time.

She is highly motivated, well organized and is determined to follow her dreams in fashion design.

Brenna Breithaupt (Poway H.S.)

Brenna Breithaupt (Poway H.S.)

Brenna is planning to earn a degree in Graphic Design and Animation. She has been accepted to Miramar
College where she can complete an Associate's Degree, before going on to a four year University. She
wants to take advantage of the UCSD Link Program, which streamlines students from the college setting
to the upper division university setting.

She is focused, hardworking (she works a full-time job as well as attending school) and considers art a lifestyle.

Kathleen Carpio ( Rancho Bernardo H.S.)

Kathleen is excited to pursue a career in Graphic Design and Children'sBooks. She aspires to be the Art Director of a company.

She will attend California State University, San Marcos.

Her work reflects the cultural influences of her native Hawaiian heritage,
as well as creativity and excitement.

Kathleen Carpio ( Rancho Bernardo H.S.)

2013 Scholarship Awards total $2000 to the following 3 students:

Congratulations to
Aubrey Cookson, Westview High School
Anna Mikami, Westview High School
Cristina Doi, Rancho Bernardo High School
This year we will have the awards presented at the winning student's schools

Aubrey Cookson Scholarship Winner Anna Mikimi Scholarship Winner Christina Doi Scholarship Winner
Left: Aubrey Cookson,Center: Anna Mikimi,
Above:Chrisina Doi
2012 Scholarship Awards totaled $2325 to the following 5 students:
Ashlee Mednick, from Westview High School poses with her artwork Cheyenne Saunders from Poway High School with her artwork
Ashlee Mednick, from Westview High School poses with her artwork Cheyenne Saunders from Poway High School with her artwork
Rancho Bernardo senior Chrissy Curl with her artwork and teacher Ella Whitehead Lisa Kim of Rancho Bernardo High School with her artwork
Rancho Bernardo senior Chrissy Curl with her artwork and teacher Ella Whitehead Lisa Kim, Rancho Bernardo, with her artwork
Winning Scholarship Seniors

Five talented seniors
from local high schools competed for a total of

$2325 in scholarship awards.

The recipients are pictured at left

Ashlee Mednick    
Westview H.S. 

Cheyanne Saunders     
Poway H.S.

Chrissy Curl                     
Rancho Bernardo H.S.

Lisa Kim                         
Rancho Bernardo H.S

Not Pictured:
Jenny Lee                        
Poway H.S

Those who have been awarded a NCSFA scholarship received a congratulatory letter and were invited to the awards reception, held at the last society meeting of the year at Bernardo Heights Community Center. This year, the society hosted a dessert reception for the recipients and their families.
The students brought about five pieces of their work, discussed and displayed them to the membership, and talked about their future plans at college and beyond, in the visual arts.

2011 Scholarships: Nine Awarded in May 2011

front row:  April Amezquita (Scripps Ranch), Elizabeth Morlock (Poway), Jessica Noyes (Westview), Kendra Story (Rancho Bernardo)

Front Row:  April Amezquita (Scripps Ranch), Elizabeth Morlock (Poway), Jessica Noyes (Westview), Kendra Story (Rancho Bernardo)

Back Row:  Kaitlyn Hemphill (Rancho Bernardo), Ailin Zhao (Scripps Ranch), Alexandra Nordyke (Mt. Carmel), Minhie Lee (Rancho Bernardo),  Haley Gansert ( Rancho Bernardo)

Minhie Lee Rancho Bernardo Kaitlyn Hemphill from Rancho Bernardo Haley Gansert from Rancho Bernardo
Minhie Lee, Rancho Bernardo Kaitlyn Hemphill, Rancho Bernardo Haley Gansert,. Rancho Bernardo
Elizabeth Morlock from Poway Kendra Story from Rancho Bernardo Jessica Noyes from Westview
Elizabeth Morlock, Poway Kendra Story, Rancho Bernardo Jessica Noyes, Westview
Minnhie Lee Haley Ganssert Children's Book Illustration Kendra Story RBHS
Minnhie Lee RBHS Haley Gansert RBHS Kendra Story RBHS
Jessica Noyes WHS Elizabeth Morlock "Chelsea King" Elizabeth Morlock PHS
Jessica Noyes WHS Elizabeth Morlock PHS Elizabeth Morlock PHS
Kaitlyn Hemphill Kendra Story
Jessica Noyes WHS Kaitlyn Hemphill RBHS Kendra Story RBHS
2010 Scholarship Awarded Nine Recipients

In recent years, we have awarded $5,000 in scholarships. This year it was decided to augment the amount to $6,000, using our Memorial Fund to which the family and friends of deceased NCSFA members Maxine Matz and Jean Jarrell had contributed.

When we honor the achievements of the 9 recipients and acknowledge the support of their families, it is well to recall Jean’s words: “I have always felt that the fine arts are a necessity for the growth of the community and for mankind as a whole. Our children need the exposure to all forms of art and encouragement to explore the arts on their own. But it doesn’t just happen - it takes work and dedication.”
The reward for our hard work in securing scholarship funds came at the May potluck honoring 9 local high school seniors. Meeting them and their families and viewing their artwork gave us a sense of carrying the torch and passing it on. The scene lent a backward glance at ourselves when we were their age.

2010 Awards totaling $6,000 went to 9 local high school art majors

Luis Morales,
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Poway High:
Kaila Abruzzo, Academy of Art, San Francisco

Emily Crotz, Palomar College

Rachel Schaefer,
Palomar College

Rancho Bernardo High: Mariana Bedoy,
Palomar College

Lennea Fish,
Miramar College

Alla Khodykin,
Columbia University

Brittany Sager, University of California, Santa Cruz

Westview High:
Michele Boccia,
San Francisco State

2009 Scholarship awarded six $800 scholarships

to deserving high school seniors who are continuing their eduction in the field of art. The scholarship recipients and their parents were honored guests at the NCSFA award dinner. The winners detailed their college plans and future ambitions in the field of art.
Their outstanding artwork was exhibited for NCSFA members to view.

Photo of 2009 NCSFA Scholarship Winners:

From left to right:
Alexandrea Walron, Rhancho Bernardo High School Jennifer Zhang, Scripps Ranch High School
Angela Zanolini, Poway High School
Rebecca Moore, Rancho Bernardo High School
Larisa Minerva, Mt. Carmel High School.

Not pictured: Tal Midyan, Ranco Bernardo High School who was unable to attend.
His art teacher, Ella Whitehead, accepted his scholarship for him.

Serving on the Scholarship committee
for 2008-2009

Jan Bowersox, Pat Kent, June Baugh,
Valerie Raymond, and Jackie Steinmann.

Scholarship Winners for 2009
2008 Scholarship awarded $4500 with nine $500 scholarships
to exceptional Poway Unified School District High School and Scripps Ranch seniors continuing their education in the visual art fields.
2008 NCSFA Scholarship Winners

Top Row:  D.J. Bradley from Mt. Carmel High School;  Lauren Bae, Samantha Tutone and Tanner Woodbury from Rancho Bernardo High School; Nichole Mellom from Scripps Ranch High School and Ruthie Arbeiter from Poway High School (not pictured).

Bottom Row: Caroline Slutsky, Hao Wang and Greg Skiano, all from Rancho Bernardo High School.

Recognition awards went to Agnes Han, Paul Barral and Heather Applewhite from Rancho Bernardo High School and to Brenna Jones and Justine Carrasco from Poway High School.

2008 Scholarship Tea
A record $9,000
was raised by artist members of the North County Society for Fine Arts and their friends, who turned out 200 strong in support of the Scholarship Tea, an annual fundraiser to promote the funding of scholarships for talented high school seniors intending to continue art studies in college. The event, held at the beautiful Country Club of Rancho Bernardo was chaired by Jackie Steinmann, ably aided by Margaret North, Valerie Raymond, and Cindy Ponath.
The socializing, silent auction, boutique, and fashion show by Chico's were highlights of the afternoon, and brought in a record number of dollars to be awarded to graduates of area high schools. The warmth and enthusiasm was infectious and a sign that all attendees were having a wonderful time.

At the Tea
Photo from left to right: artist members Janet Perkin, Jean Fleshler, Katherine Reeder enjoying the Scholarship Tea.