The Museum of Ventura County announces the application process for its visual arts scholarships is open. The Bonita C. McFarland scholarship is named for a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County. The funds for the scholarships are generated from an endowment, held and administered by the Museum of Ventura County. The scholarships are available to any high school senior preparing to enter college in the fall of 2019 or any continuing college level student of the visual arts who is also a Ventura County resident.

The total amount awarded will be $4000.00.  In past years, individual awards have been $500 or more, depending on need and number of scholarships given.  Applicants will be selected by a committee consisting of Museum personnel and members of the Museum’s Fine Art Committee. Awards will be based on artistic merit and commitment as demonstrated by the application, letter of recommendation, essay, and examples of the applicant’s prior work/projects.


Applications due postmarked by: June 25, 2019 or delivered in person to the Museum no later than Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Awards Reception to be held in June at the Museum at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001.

Applications are available at your school’s scholarship office, online here or at the Museum at 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 or at the Ag Museum at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, CA 93060.

Download the PDF Application here >>