Visual Arts Scholarship

Andy Conklin

The Andy Conklin Visual Arts Scholarship Program was established to help graduating high school seniors from the Arts Alive service areas of the Town of West Point, and the counties of King William, New Kent, and King and Queen who wish to pursue a career that is related to visual arts.  Careers include, but are not limited to, studio art, theater costume design, stage/set design, art history, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, web design, interior design, and/or fashion design.

Scholarship Information

Arts Alive, Inc’s is an organization whose mission is to promote and stimulate an awareness and love of the Arts.  Arts Alive has established this scholarship to honor this mission and the memory of Andy Conklin.  While mayor of West Point, Andy Conklin was instrumental in founding Arts Alive to help bring arts programming to the community.  He not only was one of the original founders of Arts Alive, but remained a director of Arts Alive.   Andy was the president of the organization at the time of his death in 2011.   Andy loved and enjoyed the arts and was part of every Arts Alive activity.  He enjoyed helping to select our performances with the Presenters Committee, working at the Summer Arts Camp and Missoula Drama Camps, assisting with every performance and all fundraising activities, supporting the Visual Arts Committee, and leading our meetings.

The Arts Alive Board of Directors voted to make our visual arts scholarship the Andy Conklin Visual Arts Scholarship in honor of Andy Conklin’s dedication and love of the arts, and to help others carry on his legacy.

Arts Alive, Inc. will award one scholarship for $1,000 to a student enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2023-2024 academic year as a full-time student taking 12 credit hours or more. The scholarship may not exceed the cost of education billed by the school. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the educational institution, and must be used in the year in which it is granted.

Scholarship Qualifications

Applicants must be planning to pursue a visual arts related career at a college or university, as well as have exhibited talent and passion for the visual arts during high school to apply.  Applicants will be evaluated on the following categories:

• Quality of art submitted
• Recommendations
• Application
• Personal statement

Deadline: April 1st

Completed application, artwork, personal statement, recommendations, and transcript must be received by 5pm on April 1st, 2023.