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School of Visual Arts

Announcing SoVA's 2016/2017 Scholarship and Award Recipients

SoVA Awards Ceremony

The Penn State School of Visual Arts would like to congratulate all of the students who received awards or scholarships for the 2016/2017 awarding season (see below for complete list). Through the support of our generous donors, our scholarship program continues to grow. This support has made it possible for current SoVA students to pursue their creative passions, both inside and outside the classroom.  The creative spirit of a place like SoVA never really stops. It simply gets passed along to others who share an enduring imaginative energy.  It is through the efforts of supportive friends and alumni that we can continue to educate the designers, artists, and art educators of the future.

Nothing we do to improve the quality of a Penn State education will matter if students and families can’t afford the opportunities we offer. Scholarships are our highest priority. With your help, we can ensure that the School of Visual Arts' offerings remain accessible for students whose means may be limited, but whose talents and ambitions are limitless. Procedures for gift giving can be found at http://sova.psu.edu/giving.

Below is a list of our scholarships, and award recipients for each:

BRIAN BETZLER MEMORIAL AWARD
Presented in memory of Brian Betzler by his parents Helen and George Betzler, Jr., and grandfather George Betzler, Sr., to recognize full-time third- or fourth-year undergraduates in the Penn State School of Visual Arts who have exhibited exemplary artistic achievement. For more information on the Brian Betzler Memorial Scholarship, please visit http://www.bbmsfund.org/scholarship.php
Christina Dietz
Kaylie Maines

Helen Maser
Meghan Tranauskas

GERALD DAVIS PAINTING AWARD
Established by Micaela Amateau Amato, professor emerita of art and women's studies, to recognize a student who is pushing the boundaries of drawing and painting.
Sophia Najjar

JAMES HOWARD AND BARBARA FRIZZELL CAMPBELL SCHOLARSHIP IN VISUAL ARTS AND THEATRE
In memory of the late James Howard Campbell (’40 B.A. Commerce and Finance) and Barbara Frizzell Campbell, by Ellen Campbell (’80 A.D. Liberal Arts, ’03 M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction) and James F. Campbell (’72 B.S. Law Enforcement and Corrections), to provide recognition to undergraduate students majoring in visual arts or theatre.
Kaylie Maines

SIMEON AND ELIZABETH GALLU SCHOLARSHIP
The late Sam Gallu ('40 B.S. Arts and Letters) established this scholarship in memory of his parents, Simeon and Elizabeth Gallu. Sam became a writer and producer for television and radio, and a playwright whose credits include Give 'Em Hell Harry. This award recognizes first-year students possessing outstanding talent
Maggie Higgins
Genevieve Kent

GRAHAM-RATH SCHOLARSHIP
Presented in memory of Margaret Graham Rath (’42 B.S. Art Ed. and M.F.A. Art) and her husband, Charles J. Rath Jr., to recognize full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a B.F.A. program in the Penn State School of Visual Arts on the basis of superior academic records, manifested promise of outstanding academic success, and need.
Emma Karpinski
Ronald Ross

MARGARET ELLEN GRAY, CLASS OF 2015, TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE
Established by John M. and Jean T. Gray to recognize undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University on the basis of merit and need, with first preference given to students who are majoring in art.
Elise Derstine
Patricia Peers

JEAN MITCHELL GRAY, CLASS OF 2013, TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE
Established by John M. and Jean T. Gray to recognize undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University on the basis of merit and need, with first preference given to students who are majoring in or planning to major in art.
Lydia Ventrelli
Eden Yung
Sue Young Kim

LESLIE P. GREENHILL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Established in memory of the late Leslie Greenhill, retired senior professor of education at Penn State, by his daughter Gillian Greenhill Hannum (’81 M.A., ’86 Ph.D. Art History), family and friends to recognize a third-year student enrolled in intermediate or advanced photography courses who has exhibited a serious involvement in and commitment to photography.
Vanessa Zican Feng

HARLAN E. AND SUZANNE DUDLEY HOFFA DISSERTATION AWARD IN ART EDUCATION
Established by Dr. Harlan E. Hoffa (’59 D.Ed.), professor emeritus of art education and former associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Architecture, and the late Suzanne Dudley Hoffa to honor and recognize graduate students whose Ph.D. or Ed.D. dissertation displays professional relevance, scholarly excellence, and clarity of presentation in the Art Education program in the Penn State School of Visual Arts.
Ann Holt

WILLIAM J. AND LOIS KESTERSON LEIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
Given in memory of Lois Kesterson Leight by her husband, William J. Leight, to recognize an undergraduate art major with deomostrated artistic ability.
Christina Dietz
Matthew O'Hara
Elise Warfield

STEFAN J.S. LEVINE ENDOWMENT
Established by Stefan J.S. Levine (’85 B.S. Finance) to support undergraduate research and creative activities for students enrolled full-time in a degree program offered through the School of Visual Arts. Donor prefers that available funds support research and creative activities that provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to experience domestic travel (may include, but not limited to travel expenses, materials and supplies, and registration fees).
Sue Young Kim

ART EDUCATION OUTSTANDING STUDENT TEACHER AWARD
Selected by the student teaching supervisors in Art Education to recognize outstanding student teachers.
Abigail Storm (Fall 2015)
Abbie Enders (Spring 2016)

MARGARET GIFFEN SCHOENFELDER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Presented in memory of the late Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder (’38 B.S. Arch.), a graduate of architecture at Penn State and a watercolorist throughout her life, to recognize an exceptional fourth-year student studying painting.
Helen Maser
Lydia Ventrelli

ALICE SCHWARTZ MATTIL AWARD IN ART EDUCATION
Established by Edward L. Mattil and Alice Schwartz Mattil and selected by the Art Education faculty to recognize full-time undergraduate third- and fourth-year students enrolled in the Art Education program whose career goal is teaching.
Shannon Tarr

BRUCE SHOBAKEN UNDERGRADUATE HONORARY ENDOWED AWARD IN PRINTMAKING
Presented in honor of Professor Emeritus Bruce Shobaken for his dedicated service to the University as an outstanding instructor, and to recognize an undergraduate student in printmaking with demonstrated excellence in the area of printmaking.
Sarra Hochberg

TAYLOR WATKINS CERAMIC AWARD
Established by friends and family of Taylor Watkins (’12 B.F.A. Art), in his memory, the purpose of this group-term endowment is to honor and recognize outstanding talent in ceramics by an undergraduate student who is enrolled in the College of Arts and Architecture.
Abigail Grix (2015-16)
Mary Cate Fruehan (2016-17)

JAMES THOMPSON WATTS TRUSTEE MATCHING SCHOLARSHIP IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE
Established by the estate of James Thompson Watts ('65 B.S. Art Ed., '66 M.Ed. Gen. Family Studies) to recognize undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University on the basis of merit and need, with first preference given to students majoring in art education.
Jessica Fischer
Andrew Novak
Kelsi Silliman

EDWIN W. ZOLLER SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded in memory of Edwin Zoller, professor emeritus of art, to recognize outstanding students studying drawing and painting, on the basis of merit and need.
Andrew Novak
Allison Sheppard

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