The Bonita C. McFarland scholarship is named for a generous benefactor to the arts in Ventura County. The Forum for the Arts scholarship takes its name from the organization originally created in 1961 which was the first arts organization to offer grants to the local arts community. The funds for the scholarships are generated from 2 endowments, 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 2018 or any continuing college level student of the visual arts who is also a Ventura County resident.

The total amount awarded will be $5,000.00. 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 art and academic community. 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. Timeline Applications due postmarked by: May 1, 2018, or delivered in person to the Museum no later than Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 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, 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.

Or you can download the application here