College Scholarships

$2,000 College Scholarship (open to high school graduating seniors).

Since 1982, Paint Creek Center for the Arts has been nurturing aspiring young artists through its college scholarship program open to graduating high school seniors attending Rochester Community Schools.  We know the importance of a quality art education and our scholarships help students with the ever-rising cost of tuition. Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited college majoring in a visual arts program and provide a letter of acceptance with their submission.

One (1) $2000 scholarship will be awarded which can be applied towards tuition and expenses in the Fall of 2018 to attend college. Award winners will be selected after a competitive review of digital images and support materials.

The scholarship is made possible through donations to the Mary McCarthy Anderson Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship fund pays tribute to Mary McCarthy Anderson who was an attorney, an accomplished artist, devoted member of the Sisters of the Brush and a longtime student at Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

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2018 Scholarship Recipient: Rachel Rettie

I have always wrestled with the pressure of school authorities trying to channel me towards STEM-based career pathways. Seeing those close to me pursue these studies enforced my impression that pursuing art was a shameful act, even from an only child like me who has been raised by parents that are both in the creative field. Working in art has been something I have been exposed to my whole life, witnessing and learning the value of hard work and loving what you do. No wonder I couldn’t swat away the artist bug.

 For the extent of elementary school, I wanted to dive into the world of interior design—a fascination I have maintained over the years. As we all revised and refined our interests in middle school, I set my heart on graphic design. My passion for art has grown stronger throughout my high school career, by taking classes at Paint Creek Center for the Arts and CCS, working on a 2D portfolio in AP Studio Art, participating in my school music programs for seven years and serving as editor-in-chief on the yearbook staff. I am a proponent of creativity’s importance in society, anticipating the continual need for human imagination in an increasingly robotic workforce. I see the fierce urge to go into high-paying occupations, rather than a job you love, as a performance of backwards reasoning. Success should stem from happiness, not the other way around. This would create a society where people love their lives and contribute to the world just a sliver more. I won’t go into this scared. Art is my choice, and I will never apologize for it.

Rachel Rettie is going to be attending the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan this fall. She is going to be pursuing a BFA in Art and Design.

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Morgan Gallagher | Pursuing a dregree at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI | Attended Rochester High School

  1. 2016 Scholarship Recipients

    Calum Clow | Pursuing a dregree at Adrian College, Adrian, MI | Attended Utica High School

    Ella Holbert | Pursuing a dregree at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | Attended Notre Dame Preparatory

    Abigail McManaman | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended West Bloomfield High School

    Jenny Rudziensky | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Grosse Ile High School

    Ashley Waddell | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Utica High School

    Brontea Williamson | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Henry Ford Academy

  2. 2015 Scholarship Recipients

    Jacob Carlson | Pursuing a degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA | Attended Novi High School

    Brennan Eagle | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Notre Dame Preparatory

    Tara Kursinsky | Pursuing a degree at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH | Attended Lake Orion High School

    Hye-Kyung Seo | Pursuing a degree at the School of the Visual Arts, New York, NY | Attended Troy High School

    Reed Nowels | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Stoney Creek High School

    Mia Van Hamme | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI | Attended Hazel Park High School

  3. 2014 Scholarship Recipients

    Laurel Soloway | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    Jennifer Whaley | Pursuing a degree at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI | Attended Notre Dame Preparatory

  4. 2013 Scholarship Recipients

    Kenneth Washington | Pursuing a degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  5. 2012 Scholarship Recipients

    Andrew Schultz | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    Elizaveta Bondarenko| Pursuing a degree at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

  6. 2011 Scholarship Recipients

    David J. Shankin| Pursuing a degree at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

    Hayden William Smith | Pursuing a degree at Carneige Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

  7. 2010 Scholarship Recipients

    Cole Hoffman | Pursuing a degree at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

  8. 2009 Scholarship Recipients

    Shannon Lee | Pursuing a degree at The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

  9. 2008 Scholarship Recipients

    Ryan Haas | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    Jaclyn Hilber | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

  10. 2007 Scholarship Recipients

    Kela Robinson | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    Bradley Lawrence | Pursuing a degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

  11. 2006 Scholarship Recipients

    Zak Greene | Pursuing a degree at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

    Kaili Rodriquez | Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

  12. 2005 Scholarship Recipients

    Noor Abood | Pursuing a degree at Oakland University, Rochester, MI

    Gabriel Pompilius | Pursuing a degree at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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