Scholarships

PAA…Encourages, Stimulates, Supports and Promotes Creative Expression by Individuals, Groups and Community.

We are currently accepting applications for art scholarships; 

Applications must be received by May 15, 2016 to be considered.  

  • How much is the scholarship?  PAA’s provides a $1,000 scholarship to a student interested in furthering their art education, through college courses, art workshops, the purchase of art supplies or equipment, or private lessons.
  • Who is eligible?  Graduating seniors from high schools in Naselle-Grays River or Ocean Beach school districts including home schooled students. We do require that the student maintain a 2.5 GPA and have a portfolio of finished visual art work to present at the interview.
  • What’s the process? Applications are reviewed by the PAA scholarship committee and applicants are interviewed at the end of May. The scholarship is awarded prior to graduation.
  • How do you apply? PAA has provided local schools with application information.  If you haven’t recieved  this information, contact PAA President, Vikki Rennick at (503) 705-5233.  Completed applications must be sent to PAA at POB 321, Ocean Park, WA 98640.

Paris Spence

Ilwaco High School Senior, Paris Spence was awarded PAA’s 2012 High School Graduate Scholarship.

The award was determined by a process of application, grade point, letter of interest and intent regarding visual art, references, a portfolio of finished work and interview with the PAA scholarship committee.

Congratulations Paris!  PAA looks forward to your future and wishes the very best to you!

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PAA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO FUTURE FILM MAKER, ILWACO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE CARSEN J. FOX

Ocean Park, Washington, June 3, 2011 – A quote from American academic John M. Richardson Jr. opened Carsen J. Fox’s scholarship application essay: “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder, what happened.”  Fox is a person intent on making his future happen in the competitive, creative and technical world of filmmaking.

Carson Fox 2011 Scholarship Winner

Carson Fox 2011 Scholarship Winner

“We were very impressed with his maturity and purpose.  He has outlined his future plans and we are certain he will follow through,” said PAA Scholarship Committee member Myrna K. Thompson.  “The work he presented was very well done and encompassed several media, but I especially enjoyed his use of music.  His musical choices fit the scenes and added to the overall impact of his work.”

Fox has been part of the Ilwaco High Film Productions Class for the last two years.  He participated in the Northwest Documentary Film Camp (resulting in a second place win with his partner in the Ken Burns NW Student Documentary Contest), designed commercial and public service logos and directed a movie for Ocean Beach Hospital, as well as several other freelance film projects.  Fox has also been a member of the high school Pep Band and Knowledge Bowl participant.

Three Ilwaco High School graduating seniors interviewed for the $1000 scholarship.  Grade point, essays, letters of recommendation, art project portfolios and interview results determined the recipient.  The annual scholarship is awarded to an art directed senior from the Ocean Beach or Naselle–Grays River Valley school districts.

“We had the pleasure of meeting three very talented students in the selection process,” said Scholarship Chair and PAA Vice-President Lestia Price.  “Determining one out three was difficult, as we were very impressed with all the applicants.  We wish the very best for all three aspiring artists.”

The Peninsula Arts Association encourages young people in the arts and currently presents an annual scholarship to local high school graduates. The expansion and continuance of this scholarship program is the main focus of all PAA fundraising events. PAA is a non-profit organization.

For more information on applying for or contributing to this scholarship, please contact PAA at penart321@gmail.com

Peninsula Arts Association awards an annual High School Graduate Scholarship to a student from the Ocean Beach or Naselle – Grays River School Districts. Graduating seniors, planning to pursue an education in the visual arts, are urged to contact their school scholarship director and ask about the possibilities of applying for this generous award. Application to this scholarship is not restricted to college bound students. Any graduate interested in pursuing further art related education, through workshop classes, college courses, apprenticeships and such may apply. Selection is based on the applicant’s GPA (a minimum of 2.5), an essay outlining the role art will play in their future educational plans, a portfolio of work, letters of recommendation and an interview. Application deadline is April 16, 2011.

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amandabentley

2010 High School Graduate Scholarship Winner Amanda Bentley

AMANDA BENTLEY RECIEVES PAA ART SCHOLARSHIP

Ocean Park, Washington, June 3, 2010 – An interest in fashion illustration, two illustrated children’s books, preliminary sketches and published poster design for a PAPA play production and several filled sketchbooks gave Ocean Park’s Amanda Bentley the win in Peninsula Arts Association’s High School Graduate Scholarship competition.

Five very talented applicants met the criteria to proceed to the interview process. A panel of six PAA members considered grade point, essays, letters of recommendation, art portfolios and interview results to make the choice. The annual scholarship is awarded to an art directed senior from the Ocean Beach or Naselle-Grays River Valley school districts.

“Amanda presented a finished poster, fashion design sketchbooks, very well rendered fabric pattern designs and two handmade, ink and watercolor illustrated children’s books,” said Scholarship Chair Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman. “She has excellent graphic and color sense and is very well spoken. Her drawings of people were very good and comments in the margins original and kindly humorous.”

Having been enrolled in the Running Start Program at Clatsop Community College for the last two years, Bentley will receive her Associates of Arts Degree on June 18. Her plans are to move on to Portland State University, majoring in Fashion Journalism and Illustration with a minor in French, then on to Los Angeles or New York and hopefully France, to work in the fashion industry.

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2009 PAA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Peninsula Arts Association was pleased to award high school graduate Jasmin Schaefer the 2009 PAA Scholarship in the amount of $1000.

Jasmin is planning on attending college to receive her nursing degree.  She then intends to further her studies by applying her artistic talent to her medical career through the field of art therapy.  Jasmin has participated in two PAA art shows and has received several ribbons as well as selling a work, Seahorse.

For her senior project, Jasmin produced a one-woman show of her art that was very well received by the public.

PENINSULA ARTS ASSOCIATION SEARCHING FOR THIS YEAR’S SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Ocean Park, Washington, March 12, 2009 – Peninsula Arts Association awards an annual High School Graduate Scholarship to a student from the Ocean Beach or Naselle – Grays River School Districts.  Graduating seniors, planning to pursue an education in the arts, are urged to contact their school scholarship director and ask about the possibilities of applying for this generous award.

“Last year we were thrilled to present Ilwaco High School graduate, Jeff Jones, a one thousand dollar award,” said Scholarship Committee Chair, Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman.  “We expect to give a similar amount this year as well.”

The scholarship is not restricted to only college bound students.  Any graduate interested in pursuing further education through workshop classes, college courses, apprenticeships and such may apply.  Selection is based on grade point average, an essay on the direction art will take the student, a portfolio of work, letters of recommendation and an interview.  Application deadline is April 17, 2009.

For more information call 360-665-6041, or email penart321@gmail.com