The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program For High School Seniors
Over $2,800 in College Scholarships for Visual Arts Study

Applicant must:
  Read all the rules and requirements below before filling out the form.
  Agree to all rules and requirements of the Scholarship and the competition.
  Complete all fields in form below and attach the required files listed below.
  After completeing the form click the "Click Here to Attach Images and Essay" button and you will be directed to a web page to attach the following files:
      Attach 5 different examples of your work in .jpg format. Must be color images, at least 500 px on smallest side.
            Maximum file size 600 kb per image.
      Attach a one page essay in .pdf format, no more than 500 words, describing your goals as an artist and the
          inspiration behind your work. Be succinct and clear in your essay and use a 12 point font.
      Maximum file size for essay is 1 mb.

Faculty Representative
Information About Images
Please fill out the information below about the images you are submitting to the VCAC.
Make sure that the titles match the titles on the images you will upload.
After you fill out the information click the button below marked "Click Here to Attach Images and Essay".
You will then be able to upload your images and essay.

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Artist Participation Waiver
By clicking the button below I agree to all the rules and requirements of the shholarship and I grant permission for FOTM & VCAC to reproduce my images to promote the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship.


  • Ventura County high school senior
  • Intention to major in Visual Arts - All media considered
  • All applications need to be signed by a faculty representative

Student Artist Selection Process
Applicants are required to submit a one page essay describing their goals as an artist and the inspiration behind their work. Images of applicant's artwork will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Concept
  • Technique
  • Composition
  • Presentation/Following Submission Instructions

The distinguished panel of jurors is as follows:

  • Susan Gerrard, Artist, Director of Marketing, Museum of Ventura County
  • Scott Miles, Professor of Photography Brooks Institute Focus on the Masters Board Member
  • Richard Franklin, Artist, Retired Architect, Focus on the Masters Board Member
  • Barbara Hirsch, Art Advocate
  • Sheryl Al-Awar, Gallery Owner, Philanthropist
  • Contact Information
    Delivery and Mailing Address: Ventura County Arts Council
    646 County Square Dr., Suite 154
    Ventura, CA 93003-0436
    Contact: 805/658-2213
    Fax: 805/658-2281
    For information about VCAC:
    For information about FOTM:

    Student Artist Benefits The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarships consist of:

    $1,500 1st Place Award                     $800 2nd Place Award
    $500 3rd Place Award                     Honorable Mention Awards

    • Scholarships will be presented at the Ventura County Government Center.
    • Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony, February 8th from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    • All applicants are required to participate in a group exhibition at the Ventura County Government Center, January 25th to March 5th, 2013.
               Please see details below.
    • All accepted work must be delivered byJanuary 23rd and remain on display through March 5th.
    • All artwork must be picked up on March 6th.

    Exhibition Requirements
    The originals of at least three of the works submitted must be available for exhibition purposes and appropriate for the general public. No nudity. Students will be notified by email which piece(s) of art are requested for exhibition. Large 2-dimensional works up to 36x48 will be accepted and must be prepared for hanging in a professional manner. Limited space is available for 3-dimensional work. All artwork MUST remain for the duration of the exhibition. Failure to meet exhibition deadlines is cause for disqualification. Please contact the Ventura County Arts Council at 805/658-2213 regarding any framing difficulties or questions. Winning artists will be asked to supply their entry as a high resolution jpeg file (300 dpi) on disk or by email for publicity purposes. Storage fee of $5 per day will be charged for work not picked up by 4:30, March 6th, 2013.

    The Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship: The goal of the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship is to award annual scholarships to Ventura County high school seniors for advanced visual art studies and to provide the students with a professional exhibition opportunity. The panel's recommendations will be forwarded to the Ventura County Arts Council for final approval. Scholarships will be presented in full at the Ventura County Government Center Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony, February 8th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Focus on the Masters and the Ventura County Arts Council are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Contributions to the scholarship fund are always welcome.