Providing learning on many levels
Each year the UW-Fond du Lac Art Students League awards a scholarship to a new or continuing student through the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation.
This unique scholarship was established for and by students. The funds supporting the scholarship come mostly from the annual Art Momentum show, a student-run, organized and juried art event held at the end of spring semester and open to the community. Students with art in the show commit to donating half of the proceeds from each item sold to the scholarship fund.
Students planning Art Momentum have the opportunity to critique art work while choosing which art will be included. They also learn the various aspects of organizing an art show. For most of the students, this is their first experience showing work, having it judged and offering it for sale.
The recipient of the 2014-15 Art Students League Scholarship is Patrick Fredrickson of Waupun. His goal is to become a high school art teacher, and he plans to transfer to a University of Wisconsin school to complete his education.
Patrick has gained experience working with youth by volunteering on mission trips, at summer camps and with a middle school group. “Already, I have realized I have made the right choice in attending UW-Fond du Lac,” he said.
He cites the personal attention of small class sizes, the quality of the art classes, and the possibility of art internships as his reasons for his choosing UW-Fond du Lac. “I believe I am getting the best start to my education.”
To qualify for the scholarship, students submit art work to be judged, as well as complete the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation scholarship application. The Art Students League members collaboratively judge the art work and submit a recommendation to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Scholarship Committee.
The learning continues outside of the classroom as the students meet each week to discuss various topics and give and receive constructive criticism while critiquing art work submissions. For the 2015-16 scholarship, the students will also develop the judging criteria and receive feedback from local artists. The UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Scholarship Committee will consider the recommendations from both groups and make a final determination of the recipient.
UW-Fond du Lac students, like Patrick Fredrickson, are learning early the art of giving back. The learning throughout this scholarship process is on many levels, which as Patrick says, gives them “the best start” to their education.