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Scholarships & Donations
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Attention Del Norte, Mt. Carmel, Poway, Rancho Bernardo HS, and Westview 2019 Seniors:
Check back in January for our online application March 2019 deadline

Read below for information about the scholarship process


Haier (Heather) Yang

Heather is a senior from Westview High School. Her goal for her career is to become an Art Professor and teach in one of the top Art and Design Schools. She has been accepted to many colleges but she has decided to attend Pratt College in New York.

Hair with her ceramic sculptures Haier with her paintings Haier Yang with her artwork

Cynthia (Cindy) Qiao

Cindy is a senior at Westview High School. Her career goal and lifetime ambition  is to become a Freelance Artist and Designer. She also has been accepted to several colleges and chose the Rhode Island School of Design.


Best wishes to both of our scholarship winners and for all who applied.

Scholarship winner Cynthia Qiao with her artwork

Haier Yang Artwork


Our goal is to award a scholarship to graduating seniors from local high schools--seniors that intend to pursue a career in fine art and continue their education. The two winners of our scholarship demonstrated to the committee a passion for art and the element of social awareness for our current times expressed through their artwork.

This year the scholarship committee was composed of Sharon Ford, Jan Bowersox,  Sue Ann Daffara.  and Betty Rexford. We had 9 applicants from five local high schools. All applications were filled out online by the students. The two winners for the NCSFA 2018 scholarship each received the same amount of scholarship dollars. Serving on this committee was a very rewarding experience. To meet and interview these young people, see their artwork and hear their goals for the future is always enlightening. The youth of today gives us hope for tomorrow! Sharon Ford

2018 Winners received the NCSFA scholarship award AND a one day art exhibit at the Rancho Bernardo Library

We invite 2019 Senior graduates who are planning a career in visual arts (two or three dimensional art) to apply for one of our scholarships.
Only Seniors graduating in 2019 from
Del Norte, Mt. Carmel,Poway, Rancho Bernardo HS, and Westview
are eligible for 2019 NCSFA Scholarships

IMPORTANT: Please Prepare your answers before applying: Before applying, click the link to view the application. Then have your answers prepared BEFORE starting the application. While you may be able to edit your responses, you cannot save unsubmitted forms. You cannot submit a form without answering all questions. You will get an email after you respond, providing you with a link if you wish to edit your application later. If you lose this link, you will be unable to edit, and it is better to submit the application as well prepared as possible. Best wishes for all applying. You must submit an application by the deadline to get invited to interview.

Read about the Process
Interviews begin in April for those who have submitted an application. 
Betty Rexford will head the Scholarship Committee with Sharon Ford and Sue Ann's Daffara assisting. The Scholarship Committee will arrange an interview schedule for the students to bring their artwork to the committee (meeting place TBA).

The committee meets with each applicant. The students will be invited to meet

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.

Scholarships are awarded at end-of -year school award ceremony, if available.

Questions about the scholarship process? Contact Betty Rexford
Technical questions about the application form? Contact the Webmaster

See previous winners

Scholarships for 2017 totalled $4000
(varies by how much the NCSFA can raise each year)
The NCSFA Scholarship Committee, Margaret North, Jan Bowersox, Sue Ann Daffara and Sharon Ford received applications from six of the nine local high schools. We selected and awarded 6 scholarships of various amounts. We had $4000 total this year to divide amongst these very talented student applicants.

Donations for Scholarships or for the General Fund are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Your donation will go directly to our scholarships, unless you specifically designate it for the General Fund

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In addition to payment, you MUST fill out the Donation Form below, so we know this is a donation

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You may also mail to NCSFA Donations, PO Box 291, Poway CA 92074
Thank you for your continuing support!