The Art Department has an annual scholarship competition for enrolled students. The event gives students the opportunity to present a selection of their work (no more than six) and have it judged by the faculty, and you will be required to prepare a statement for the judges to review. Your submitted pieces must have been produced within the last two years.

The competition takes place in April of each year. Check back at the beginning of the month for this years exact date, and a link to the form you’ll need to fill out to enter the competition.

On this page you’ll find a list of the scholarships that were offered last year. Some of the awards have specific requirements for entering, while others are open to all. Scholarships described were offered in Spring 2016, but the number and type of scholarships offered may differ from year to year. Check this page for updates as April approaches.

Previously offered scholarships:

Past Scholarships awarded by the Art Department

Justin Davis Stedt Memorial

Two $500 scholarships awarded to two art students currently enrolled in at least 9 units. Must have a career goal in Art or Graphic Design. This award is in honor of Justin Davis Stedt, a former design student at Palomar. Financial need to be a consideration in judging.

Eric Johnson Memorial

A $500 memorial scholarship for one art student. This award is in honor of Eric Johnson. Eric was a commercial art student at Palomar College.

Pickens Family Scholarships

Five scholarships at $500 each. Must be enrolled in an art class at Palomar College in Spring of award year.

Distinction Gallery Scholarship

In loving memory of Charles “Chuck” Leslie Walker. One scholarship at $500. Requires applicant to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and be enrolled in at least 9 units in award year. Based on a portfolio review with the most unique applicant chosen as the recipient. Preference given to the student who truly pushes the limits of their work beyond those of artists before them and exhibits their true individual expression through their decided art form.

Illustrators Society of San Diego Scholarship

One scholarship at $200.

Doug Durrant Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship at $500.

Additional Scholarship Resources

San Diego Foundation Scholarships: The San Diego Foundation Community Scholarship program provides scholarship opportunities for local students to help pursue their educational goals and achieve their higher education dreams.

Palomar College Financial Aid Office Scholarship Links

Art Department Scholarships

After much thought and communication the Art Department will not be offering scholarships during the Spring 2020 semester due to Covid-19 pandemic. We apologize for the inconvenience and are hopeful to be able to offer a Fall Scholarship.