2019 Olga Gera Visual Arts Scholarship Coming Soon

Our 2018 Scholarship Winners: 

Congratulations to Lauren Hartner:

Lauren is a senior at Norwin High School and will be attending Saint Vincent College for Art Education, with the hopes of becoming an art teacher, or continuing in her education to become an art therapist. Art Therapy is the expressive use of art to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of people. Two of her biggest passions in life are art and helping people, and she would love to be able to teach art one day, and also share the beauty behind it with others. 



 Congratulations to Clair Sirofchuck:

Clair is currently 18 and finishing her senior year of high school, for which she has been homeschooled. Her parents own and operate Main Exhibit Gallery in Ligonier, where she worked part time as a sales assistant. Coming from such an artistic family–her father, Paul, is a fine woodworker and her mother, Mandy, works in stained glass—she has been encouraged to nourish her creativity by experimenting with a wide variety of media. In high school, through private lessons with Jaime Cooper, of Ligonier, she learned to love oil paint for its potential level of control and its opacity, now her favorite medium to use! Clair’s career goal is to hone her abilities in fiction-writing and 2D art in order to become an author and illustrator for young people. This has been Clair’s dream since she turned twelve, and she is well on my way to publishing her first book, with over 124,000 words written for the second draft. She will attend St. Vincent College this fall as a member of the honors program, where she will pursue a double major in English and Studio Art. Clair is excited to take the next steps toward her career dream and future!

Applications are now being accepted.

2019 Scholarship Application

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The postmark deadline to apply for 2019 scholarship is March 29, 2019.

Since 2012, the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival has awarded a scholarship to a high school senior who resides in Westmoreland County with intentions to enroll full time in a visual arts program at an accredited college or university.

Scholarships are awarded annually and winners are announced in late April. The winners will be presented with a scholarship award of $500 on stage during the Festival’s Opening Ceremony on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Twin Lakes Park. Our organization is also happy to attend the winning recipient’s high school award assembly.