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Gold Grant Scholarship Award

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

The Northwest Watercolor Foundation is a nonprofit arm of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). One of the purposes of the Foundation is to support emerging young visual artists by providing financial awards to committed, deserving students.

Established in the early 1990s, the Gold Grant Scholarship Award has been presented annually to an outstanding and promising art student. The amount to be awarded this year is $2,500.

Full-time undergraduate art majors, including graduating college seniors, enrolled in an accredited community college or university in Washington, Oregon or Idaho and working in a variety of two-dimensional media are eligible for the Foundation’s annual Gold Grant Award.

Students are required to submit an application, five examples of their best work in any 2-D media (other than computer or photography) a descriptive list of images submitted, a signed and sealed letter of recommendation on school letterhead from a faculty member, a photo of the student, and both an artist’s statement and biography. All materials except the letter of recommendation should be submitted on-line. The application and instructions are available on this website via the link listed below.

The winner is expected to attend an award dinner, followed by an award ceremony at the General Meeting of the Northwest Watercolor Society in Bellevue, Washington on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at which time the funds will be presented to the scholarship recipient.

Students who have demonstrated a desire to continue their studies and complete their degree are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. This is an excellent opportunity for students to write an artist’s statement and make image submissions in a professional manner. We look forward to receiving the applications.

If there are any questions relating to the Gold Grant Award or if you would like posters or applications for yourself or your college or university, please feel free to contact the Gold Grant Chairperson: Ann Breckon at or call 425-644-4245

Click here to download Gold Grant Application and Instructions. NOTE: This is an editable .PDF file that can be filled in, saved and printed for submission.

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Click below to view past Gold Grant Award Winners









Art for Kids

One of the purposes of the NWWF is to promote art programs in the schools through small grants awarded to volunteers and teachers. A limited number are given within a calendar year at the discretion of the board. To apply, complete and submit the following Application:

Art For Kids Reimbursement Form


Donations to the Gold Grant Award and to the Northwest Watercolor Foundation

If you would like to consider contributing to the Northwest Watercolor Foundation program or directly to the scholarship itself, we gladly accept contributions, gifts, devises and bequests which will be administered and used in accordance to the specific purposes and mission of the NWWF: to assist, encourage, promote and advance the visual arts in the Pacific Northwest with particular emphasis on watercolor media and to provide scholarships to students to further the study of art and to conduct educational activities. All donations are tax deductible. Please complete and submit the following Donation Form:

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