Scholarships

Each year, the Olive Hyde Art Guild provides scholarships to students who are pursuing higher education in art. The recipient must:

  • Be a Fremont high school senior
  • Be a Fremont resident
  • Have firm plans to include visual art classes at the college level

The scholarship is to be used at an accredited school/college for classes of visual arts. 3 winning students will be honored and their work showcased at a reception on Friday, May 19, 2017. The awards will be announced during the reception after final judging. Art work submitted on CDs must be available for the final judging.

Requirements

  • The student must provide a portfolio of artwork. Minimum 4, maximum 6 pieces. Submit samples of your work in CD form.
  • The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 at time of application.
  • The student must provide a written letter of recommendation from their Fremont High School art instructor (creativity/ability) and submit an unofficial transcript (GPA/school attendance/classes taken) directly to the selection committee.
  • The student must have written permission of parent/guardian.
  • The student must be available the evening of the reception, May 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00.
  • The applicant is not required to demonstrate financial need. The award will be made on artistic merit.

Scholarships are awarded as follows

  • The first place winner receives $2000
  • Two honorable mention winners will each receive awards of $1000
  • The teacher of the first place winner will receive $500 for classroom art supplies
  • Awards will be sent to the Financial Aid office of the school/college each recipient is attending, and is not renewable.

Selection

3 recipients are selected in April. All awards are presented during the May event reception

Application Process

Applicants should complete the application neatly and return it, with samples of artwork (clearly labeled with name, artwork title and date completed), to the address on the form by the stated deadline. Letter of recommendation and unofficial transcript should be mailed separately to the scholarship committee (must be mailed, please do not take to the gallery).

Scholarship Committee, Olive Hyde Art Guild
P.O. Box 3073, Fremont, CA 94539

Applications for 2017 are closed. Check back in early 2018 for next year’s application.

Disclaimer

  • Proof of acceptance from school/college is required prior to awarding of scholarship
  • Olive Hyde Art Guild reserves the right to hold a public show of applicants’ work
  • Olive Hyde Art Guild reserves the right not to award a scholarship

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Winners

At a reception on Friday, May 19th, Olive Hyde Art Guild (OHAG) in Fremont announced its annual scholarship winners for the year 2017. The Chairperson of the committee, Adriane Dedic, informed the attendees that every year since 2000, OHAG has been awarding scholarships for outstanding artistic talent to Fremont high-school seniors who intend to pursue Visual Arts at college level. The program has evolved over the last 17 years. Currently it gives out three scholarships: the 1st place winner receives $2000, while two runner-ups get $1000 each. The teacher of the 1st place winner is also given $500 for classroom art supplies. To date, OHAG has given away $42,850 in award money.

This year’s judges Nancy Benton, an artist, art teacher, and High School History teacher; and Dina Rubiolo, an artist and gallery director at Ohlone College, had a challenging task of reviewing all submissions to select the three finalists. Nancy, who was a second-time judge for the program, explained that they first individually reviewed the artwork and applications online, then conferred with each other to determine the top three finalists. On the night of the awards they saw the works in person as well as spoke with each of the finalists to select the 1st place winner. The most important criterion for selection was the artwork. It had to show “a pretty high level of mastery; something about the artist’s voice; and growth and experimentation.” Artist’s vision, process, and personal goals were also considered while making a final decision.

This year’s finalists were Alyssa Lo and Jenny Xie, both from Mission High School, and Joshua Chen from Irvington High School.

Alyssa Lo, a $1000 scholarship winner, will be attending UC Berkeley to pursue Computer Science & Digital Art. Alyssa “felt very honored” when she heard she was one of the winners. She has always been interested in art, and credits her achievements to hard work and perseverance as her “art changed from stick figures to figure drawings through time.” Alyssa’s talent for capturing light and emotion in her figurative art is already at the level of a professional artist. Her large oil painting of a young girl gazing into her future titled, Colors of a Dream, was awarded 1st place in the 34th Congressional Art Competition and was displayed in the US Capitol for an entire year from 2015-2016.

Jenny Xie is also a $1000 scholarship winner. Jenny first began to draw when she was four years old. She started with cute little cartoons that she drew every day in her sketchbook. “From there my love for art developed, and I practiced gaining more skill and experience from my dad who taught me at home.” Jenny took AP Studio Art this year, and submitted some of her favorite work for the scholarship. She has been shy about publicly sharing her art; as such, she was “very excited” when she got the results. Her art displays a mastery of figurative drawing which will be an asset as she pursues her interest in film, cinematography, costume design, and set production. Her name might soon show up on film credits, as she follows her dream at California State University, Northridge.

Joshua Chen, the recipient of a $2000 scholarship “did not expect to receive the 1st place award.” He has been accepted to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he intends to undertake a rigorous curriculum in his extremely passionate pursuit of art. Joshua’s work is exceptionally original and creative. He uses mixed media and collage techniques to devise interesting textures and unexpected compositions. In 2015 Joshua participated in the congressional art competition and received a certificate of special recognition from Congressman Mike Honda. Joshua was also recognized for his volunteer activities with Chinese children and received the bronze Presidential Service Award signed by President Obama. Despite his talent and strong interest in art, Joshua gives credit to his art teacher, Ms. Parker who lent him the opportunity to experience various mediums.

“I was overjoyed!” Kim Parker said. She has been working with Joshua for several years now, and has closely observed his commitment and hard work in pursuit of his creative goals. This year Ms. Parker felt that his work was strongest and merited the top award. She believes that Olive Hyde’s scholarship program is remarkable in that it is very student-centered and a positive experience for everyone involved. “I was personally very impressed with the judges’ explanation of what they valued in the students’ work and how they based their decision,” she said.

Mrs. Parker also appreciates that OHAG “provides students the rewarding opportunity to display their work in a professional gallery setting and gather positive feedback from a multitude of visitors and art aficionados”, which she considers a priceless experience. She thanks Olive Hyde Art Guild for keeping the Visual Arts alive and thriving in Fremont.

Adriane commended the winners for being “role models for young people,” and said that “the Olive Hyde Art Guild is proud to offer the scholarship program for students such as Alyssa, Jenny, and Joshua.”

Congratulations to our
2017 scholarship winners!

First Place: Joshua Chen

 

Honorable Mention: Alyssa Lo

 

Honorable Mention: Jenny Xie