Scholarships

2020 Scholarship News

Every year, Pleasanton Art League tries to make an effort to encourage and support art programs in various segments in our communities. Especially, at a time like this, when the pandemic has taken away so much from so many, PAL would like to support those who are most in need of art supplies. I am happy to share that PAL was able to contribute close to $350 to Valley View Elementary School, Pleasanton, towards glue sticks and crayons that will be used by 650 students as part of remote learning – a new way of life for us all! A big thank you to Lawrie and Leon Okurowski for making a sizable donation towards PAL’s Scholarship funds; their contribution will make a difference to many budding artists! We truly appreciate the art teacher, Irma Grant, and her efforts in making sure that in no way are the students’ learning paths compromised, and art being an integral part of this important up-bringing. 
-Meghana Mitragotri
 PAL Scholarship Chairperson (meghana.ms@gmail.com)

2019 Scholarship Winners

To promote interest in the arts and to support art programs in our own community, the Pleasanton Art League (PAL) awarded $1,000 to a local student art program in 2019. As part of our long-standing relationship with Las Positas College in Livermore,  $1,000 in prizes was awarded to show winners at the 2019 Las Positas College Spring Art Festival. The winners are:

  • Cameron Songey, “Kendrick”, Charcoal
  • Sholeh Abbaspour, “Rusted Door”, W/C
  • Kris Woo, “Big Sky Over Red Light”, Acrylic
  • Brianna Sobrero, “Pilots” – Ink
  • Kelly Thielen, “Baby Blues”, Graphite


It is our hope that these talented artists will be encouraged to continue their pursuit of an art degree, to keep striving to better their skills, and to eventually help strengthen the arts in their own communities. We wish the artists all the very best in their future endeavors. 

A big thank you to David Wagner for steering this event.

I am extremely grateful to Beth Okurowski & Lisa Rigge for guiding me through the entire process of this incredibly rewarding experience. I have enjoyed every bit of it, and can’t wait to plan and execute the program for next year!

– Meghana Mitragotri

PAL Scholarship Chairperson (meghana.ms@gmail.com)

2018 Scholarship Winners

To promote interest in the arts and to support art programs in our own community, the Pleasanton Art League (PAL) awarded $1,800 to local art programs in 2018. As part of our long-standing relationship with Los Positas College in Livermore, $1,000 in prizes was awarded to show winners at the Las Positas College Spring Art Festival. $700 was awarded to Village High School in Pleasanton, and a $150 in prize money to the Celebrate Women Photography Show in Livermore.

It is our hope that these talented artists will be encouraged to continue their pursuit of an art degree, to keep striving to better their skills, and to eventually help strengthen the arts in their own communities. Our relationship with Village High School in Pleasanton has been a newer, but important part of our award program. Village is the alternative high school in Pleasanton with many talented kids and an art department that needs support. We have worked with them for the past three years to help them purchase art supplies, volunteered in their classroom, and organizing their first art show at the Pleasanton Senior Center in 2016.

Las Positas College Spring Art Festival winners:

  • Kris Woo (Wine Bottle and Celadon)
  • Lucy Bell (Jelly and Honey)
  • Aisha Moniz de Aragao Faria (Isa and Nicia at the Beach)
  • Susie Zhang (Spring Festival)
  • Lauren Zilm (Nautilus)

2017 Scholarship Winners

  • Byung Choi
  • Yushuo Bai
  • Joseph Peralta
  • Alison Pitts
  • Suzie Zhang

2016 Scholarship Winners

  • Aisha Gracie Moniz de Aragao Faria
  • Shawna E. Hipple
  • Steven Jones
  • Uzgen Rencuzogullari
  • Olga Sushchik

2015 Scholarship Winners

Kate and Jeoff

Kate and Jeoff

PAL Scholarship Awards have been presented to two Las Positas students: Kate Taylor, who is graduating this spring from LPC with an AA in Art, emphasis in painting, and transferring to Cal State East Bay to pursue a BA in Art; Jeoff Anderson, who plans to attend San Jose State after LPC and work towards a BFA in Animation. Awards were given at LPC’s Spring Art Show. The winning artwork will be displayed at the PAL Member’s show in the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse September-October.

2014 Scholarship Winner

Scholarship winner Alisha EllardThe Pleasanton Art League awarded a local college student with a scholarship during its annual exhibit and reception last month. Alisha Ellard, who attends Las Positas College in Livermore, was this year’s recipient of the $1,000 monetary award.

Ellard’s winning pieces were three black-and-white ink images, including the piece below, titled “Death Stare”. Her work is currently being displayed in this year’s PAL member’s art show at the Firehouse Arts Center.

Alisha will graduate from Las Positas College by spring of 2015 and then transfer into the California Institute of Art’s animation program. After college she plans to apply to Pixar.

2013 Scholarship Winner

  • Gabrialle Cutierres

2010 Scholarship Winner

  • Taylor Common

2009 Scholarship Winners

  • Elizabeth August
  • Linda Hopwood

2008 Scholarship Winners

  • Kelsi Mannhalter
  • Julie Cuy

2007 Scholarship Winners

  • Miji Lee
  • Hilary Kaufman

2001 Scholarship Winner

  • James Allison