Mission Statement:The scholarship foundation identifies artistically driven individuals who incorporate art into creatively benefiting their community. Financial support is given to one student selected per year, after reviewing scholarship applications from March 1st to December 31st. The award of $350.00 is granted on January 31st to winning participant, based on artistic work and essay, to support the drive to obtain a career in the arts and to promote creative civil engagement for years to come.
The Urban Art Scholarship was started by college student and artist, Trevor Coopersmith in 2016. Trevor graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with no parental financial support or student loans, despite rising tuition fees nationwide. Working four part-time jobs, attending Community College, selling artwork and obtaining scholarships assisted in his dream to graduate from a prestigious university debt free, which sparked his drive to aid others. Trevor is a current MFA student at Otis College of Art & Design which will also help aid in his ambitions of teaching art as a college professor. Trevor makes it a goal to donate his work and beautify his community on a regular basis, knowing that creative support always goes full circle.
The Urban Art Scholarship is to provide youth with hope for financial and educational support. The foundation was created to support the art in the community for future generations; and to provide inspiration for artists who wish to pursue a career in the arts.
For more information on Trevor Coopersmith, check out his website and Instagram for updates and inspiration
Thank you for being a part of this foundation, and for your applications!