The Museum of Ventura County is now accepting applications for its Bonita C. McFarland Visual Arts Scholarship. The scholarship fund has a total of $10,000 to be awarded to eligible applicants who are high school seniors enrolling in college courses in Fall semester of 2023 or any continuing visual arts college student who is a Ventura County resident. Awards will be based on artistic merit and commitment as demonstrated by the application, essay, letter of recommendation, and examples of work.

Funds for the scholarship are provided through an endowment of the scholarship’s namesake, Bonita C. McFarland, a generous supporter, and longtime donor to the arts of Ventura County. The funds are held, administered, and awarded by the Museum of Ventura County, to individuals based on artistic merit, eligibility, and needs of the applicant. Recipients are carefully selected by a collaborative committee consisting of Museum of Ventura County personnel and members of the Museum’s Fine Arts Committee.


  • Applications must be submitted online at
  • The applications are due by May 7, 2023
  • Juror review of applications May 2023
  • Scholarships announced Late May 2023
  • Awards Reception June 7, 2023

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application
  • 400 word essay about your art and your education/career goals
  • Letter of recommendation from teacher/instructor
  • 10 images of your prior artwork/projects (8MB maximum size per image)

Apply Here