Current Scholarships

The Alfred University k12clay Val Cushing Scholarship

This award was created by The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation and Alfred University to honor Alfred Professor Val Cushing, Chairman of Ceramic Arts, our juror in 2004, President of NCECA twice, and a man whose spirit and warmth spread across our community as a founding father. This Full Four Year Scholarship to Alfred fulfills our dream of extending his legacy each year through the hands and heart of one deserving young student whose work and deeds have earned them this honor.

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Created by Alfred University
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Senior 25K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 25K per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Junior 25K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 25K per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Senior 23K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 23K per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Junior 23K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 23K per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Senior 22K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 22k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Junior 22k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 22k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Senior 20K per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Seniors for 20k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship - Junior 20k per year

This is a renewable annual scholarship to KCAI for High School Juniors for 20k per year upon acceptance into KCAI.

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Created by Kansas City Art institute
Alfred/ Wallace C. Higgins Memorial Scholarship

Pending completion and acceptance of your application, student will be awarded $29,000 annually towards tuition and requires good academic standing determined by your academic dean.

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Created by Alfred University
Alfred/Marion L. Fosdick Memorial Scholarship

Pending completion and acceptance of your application, the amount of this award is $29,000 annually and requires good academic standing, determined by your academic dean.

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Created by Alfred University
Alfred/Theodore A. Randall Memorial Scholarship

Pending completion and acceptance of your application, the amount of this award is $29,000 annually and requires good academic standing, determined by your academic dean.

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Created by Alfred University
Alfred/ William D. Parry Memorial Scholarship

Pending completion and acceptance of your application, the amount of this award is $29,000 annually and requires good academic standing, determined by your academic dean.

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Created by Alfred University
The Ingrid Mahan Foundation Scholarship

Recognizing the importance of continuing education in all aspects of life, the Ingrid Mahan scholarship award is joyfully given to a deserving student whose skill, desire to learn, and dedication to mastering the medium of clay has been demonstrated. This scholarship is a renewable award for direct payment of tuition of $1000 annually for up to four years, with re-qualification by merit of academic standing, a demonstrable commitment to the study of ceramics, and significant progress.

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Created by The Ingrid Mahan Foundation
Ernst Family Scholarship

The inspiration for the creation of these initial gifts was to honor the vision, dedication and efforts of the ceramic educators, the students they mentor, and the many volunteers nationwide affiliated with bringing The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation and its dream of having a Scholarship Fund to fruition. We joyfully welcome you to join our heartfelt commitment to k12clay.org in support of The National K-12 Scholarship Fund, and ask that you give generously to grow this fund for deserving student artists. They are our future. With gratitude to the K-12 Board for your vision, Nancy and Ken Ernst, Ingrid and Marvin Mahan This $1000 award is selected by the Scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition.

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Created by Ken and Nancy Ernst
Emily C. Specchio Scholarship

The mission of the Emily Specchio foundation is to celebrate the life of Emily C. Specchio by following her inspirational lead in continuing to support charitable organizations close to her heart. The Emily C. Specchio Scholarship has been created in her name to give an annual $1000 scholarship to a student in this exhibition with similar interests and passions which can be summarized with the mission of her foundation "Embrace that Which Defines You". Please read more about this wonderful organization at Emily C Specchio Foundation. Selection for this award is made by the Scholarship committee.

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Created by Emily C Specchio Foundation
AMACO (American Art Clay Company, Inc) Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2012 by Jeff and Bond Sandoe on behalf of AMACO/brent. Intended to help advance future study of ceramics by a graduating senior, the award of $1000 for direct payment toward tuition, is selected by the scholarship committee.

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Created by AMACO
Brent Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2012 by Jeff and Bond Sandoe on behalf of American Art Clay Company. Intended to help advance future study of ceramics by a graduating senior, the award of $1000 for direct payment toward tuition, is selected by the scholarship committee.

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Created by AMACO
Helen and Daniel Feder Scholarship

Given to a student whose excellent work displays creative problem-solving and overcoming obstacles. The $1000 award, selected by the scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition, is donated by Nancy & Ken Ernst, Bob Feder, Barbara Feder-Murdock and Zach Murdock in honor of Helen and Daniel Feder.

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Created by The National K12 Ceramic Foundation
Dennis Maza Memorial Scholarship

Dennis Maza was a talented teacher across many media including ceramics. His students and friends gained lifelong inspiration from his talent, teaching and great humor. He is partially responsible for the founding of k12clay.org

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Created by Betsy Maza
Mary Bowron Award

Visionary ceramic artist Mary Bowron (1933-2017), lived near Boyds, Maryland, and was inspired by all aspects of the natural world and social justice issues. For more than 60 years, she worked as a painter, potter, print-maker and sculptor. Always gratified to know young people were expressing their originality in clay, she would be pleased to know this award celebrates the creative achievement of people she never had the opportunity to meet.

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Created by Jack Troy
Jared Branfman Memorial Scholarship

Jared Branfman was an artist of extraordinary ability and passion. He was an athlete and league champion in wrestling, track, and soccer. He was a scholar of art history, Hispanic culture and was fluent in Spanish. He was a person whose life and spirit embodied curiosity, intellect, creativity, kindness, boundless energy, and incomparable courage. A love of education and a dedication to sharing his knowledge and experience with others was in his blood. Jared passed away on September 27, 2005 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. He was 23 years old. This scholarship is given in celebration of the life of our son, brother, and friend Jared. The Branfman Family This $500 award is selected by the Scholarship committee for direct payment toward tuition.

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Created by Steven Branfman