The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Announcing SoVA's 2017/2018 Scholarship and Award Recipients

SoVA Scholarship Exhibition

The Penn State School of Visual Arts would like to congratulate all of the students who received awards or scholarships for the 2017/2018 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.

Please join us for the School of Visual Art's (SoVA) annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 13. This year, the SoVA will host its first annual Scholarship Recipient Exhibition, to be held in the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery from October 9-13. The exhibition will showcase the work of SoVA's 2017-2018 scholarship and award recipients whose awards will be presented during the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the gallery at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, following a reception for the Scholarship Recipient Exhibition, which begins at 2:00 p.m. We look forward to being able to celebrate our students' achievements and hope that you can attend this special event.

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
Taylor Bielecki
Kaylie Maines
Andrew Novak


CAFD COLLABORATIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Established by Micaela Amateau Amato, professor emerita of art and women's studies, in honor of SoVA Drawing and Painting alums Brian Alfred/Mike Christy/Gerald Davis/Stacy Fink, to recognize students who have generated remarkable creativity and community in the Painting and Drawing area.
Taylor Bielecki
Sophia Capaldi
Yukie Kushibiki
Lydia Walton


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 and theatre.
Taylor Bielecki

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
Chloe Bossler
Lara Ghanma
Lara Meisner
Jana Parks


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.
Arianna Deng
Allison Shepherd

 

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
Michael Padilla-Nazario

Elise Warfield

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.
Matthew O'Hara
Craig Pack

Meghan Tranauskas
Lydia Walton


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 have exhibited a serious involvement in and commitment to photography.
Maria Crisafulli
Elise Derstine

 

HARLAN E. AND SUZANNE DUDLEY HOFFA DISSERTATION AWARD IN ART EDUCATION
Established by the late 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.
Jessica Celeste Key

THE DOROTHY HUGHES YOUNG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Provides recognition and financial assistance for foreign study. Scholarships are awarded to students with plans for a career in teaching.
Yang Deng
Felix Rodriquez
Xalli Zuñiga

 

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).
Meghan Tranauskas

MCCOMB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ART EDUCATION
Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to undergraduate students majoring in Art Education, and who have completed at least two art education courses attaining a grade point average of 2.7 (on a scale of 4.0) in each art education course. Donor prefers that available funds, to the extent possible, support students who are first generation college students.
Grace Collins
Claire Killifer
Paige Landay
Claire Placky

Mark Weaver
 

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.
Taylor Bielecki
Elise Warfield

 

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.
Paige Landay
Mark Weaver


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.
Lydia Walton

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.
Katherine Pack

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.
Brady Emeigh
Joshua Self

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