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Al-Awar Scholarship

Practice and Persistance
 by Nicolette Profeta, photograph

1st Place Tamima Al-Awar Scholarship Recipient 2013

Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council announce the

Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship 2014

Over $3,800 in scholarships available for students of the visual arts!
Applications are due by February 19, 2014
Click here to download the application.


Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council are joining together to provide scholarship funds and exhibition opportunities to high school seniors who plan to pursue art studies in college. The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship program provides over $3,800 in scholarships and the opportunity for all students applying for the scholarships to exhibit their work at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura.  The competition is open to high school seniors who reside in Ventura County and who show in their application a commitment to further study in the visual arts.  Recipients for these scholarships are chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors from our art community, based on artistic merit and visual arts academic commitment as demonstrated by the student’s application, portfolio and essay submitted.

The jury panel is comprised of:
  • Susan Gerrard, Artist, Board Member, Studio Channel Islands Art Center
  • William Hendricks, Photographer, Professor of Photography, Ventura College
  • Tom McMillin, Artist, Retired Professor of Ceramics Cal State Northridge
  • Barbara Hirsch, Barbara Hirsch, Ojai Arts Commission
  • Sheryl Al-Awar, Gallery Owner, Philanthropist
All scholarship applications are required to be submitted online at: www.VenturaCountyArtsCouncil.org  Applications are due to the Ventura County Arts Council website before 4 pm, Friday February 19, 2014. Incomplete or late submittals will not be reviewed.  Submissions must be signed by a faculty member of the student’s high school and a parent. There is no limit to the number of applications per school.

All students applying for the scholarship will be invited to exhibit their work in Expressions of Our Youth a group exhibition at the Ventura County Government Center shown from March 7 through April 15, 2014.  The scholarships will be presented to the recipients at the Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony Friday, March 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Ventura County Government Center exhibition provides the students with the unique opportunity to exhibit their work in a prestigious venue and work with art professionals in a real life environment.

About The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship: The goal of the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship is to award annual scholarships to Ventura County high school seniors for advanced visual art studies and to provide the students with a professional exhibition opportunity. The panel’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Ventura County Arts Council for final approval. Scholarships will be presented in full at the Ventura County Government Center Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony, Friday, March 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

About Tamima Al-Awar: Tamima was a graduate of The Thacher School where she discovered her passion for painting. She had planned to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco starting in January 2003. At the time of her passing she was enrolled in a painting course at Santa Barbara City College and painted actively at her home studio.

The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship was established by FOTM Patron and Al-Awar Family friend, Paula Spellman. Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Contributions to the scholarship fund are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Contributions to the scholarship fund are always needed and welcome.  For more information please contact Donna Granata at 805.653.2501 or Margaret Travers at 805.658.2213.