The School Art League welcomes notes and images from past scholarship and award recipients. Below are statements from some of them. If you would like to post information about your experience as an award recipient, contact School Art League.

"I am so thankful and honored to receive the Dr. Paul Patane Award.  Since the award, my subway painting went up at the Metropolitan Museum and another is hanging at a brokerage house in New York.  It has been great.  I used some of the scholarship money to purchase books and art materials.  SVA is a wonderful school for students who are interested in the art world." - Prenz Deone Tupaz, 2017 Recipient of the Trustees Award in Memory of Dr. Paul Patane

Artwork by Prenz Deone Tupaz

Jane Clark Chermayeff / Design Award $1,000

2017 recipient: Kiana Hong
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

"This award will assist me in the cost of tuition at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Even more importantly, this award provides me with an acknowledgement and confirmation that I am capable of being successful in the art world, and to have won it over many other applicants provides me with even more confidence. Prior to the award ceremony, Dr. Kahn told me that Ms. Clark Chermayeff designed playgrounds for children and introduced me to the designs by Mr. Chermayeff. I was very impressed by his well-known designs. This award has also given me the opportunity to be able to be recognized by such a renowned designer and become more aware of the potential of what a career in graphic design can be for me. And even before I have entered college, this award has provided me with the opportunity to meet such an esteemed person in the design field." - Kiana Hong

Artwork by Kiana Hong

Rene Darvin Art Education Award $1,000

2017 recipient: Shelley Chung
Francis Lewis High School

"When making art, you come across many difficulties. I had to struggle with the typical 'artists' block' for quite a long time and I have overcome this fear, of not being inspired by anything, through amazing inspirational teachers. Three specific teachers have subsequently shape my artist life in different ways. The first teacher taught me how to add 'feeling' into my work. Not only does this help my art, but it also helps the viewer feel the sense of emotion in the artwork. The second teacher showed me how to see the world in an artist's perspective. Everywhere I go, i'm always looking for either a vanishing point, horizon line, etc. This last teacher showed me what it is really like to teach someone art. This teacher made learning super fun and very enjoyable. Art wasn't a chore for me in his class and everyday I learned new techniques and he has inspired me to be an art teacher. Teachers who inspire their students, in my opinion, have successfully done their job. I hope that one day I can be that inspiring art teacher that makes class unique everyday." - Shelley Chung

Shelly is a student at Pratt Institute.


Jane Curliano Mazzella Award $1,000

2016 recipient: Sofia Lypka
Edward R. Murrow High School

"It was a true honor to receive the Jane Curliano Mazzella Award.  The School Art League helps many young artists to see their potential and encourage them to keep on working just like it encouraged me.  This award is going to help me afford art supplies for art school and also is an award that keeps reminding me that I can achieve anything as long as I'm willing to do so.  I am truly thankful for this award, not only is it a great honor, but also helps me feel confident in my work." - Sofia Lypka


Pratt / Marcia Friedmutter Scholarship

2014 recipient: Michelle Wen

"I am beyond grateful for this generous scholarship that has lessened my financial burden. It allows me to pursue my passion more comfortably knowing that I am supported by this scholarship. But above all, it has given me faith in myself to always try my best, have hope, and to remain passionate because opportunities like what the School Art League has provided may always come again in life. I thank the School Art League from the bottom of my heart!"

Pratt Institute / Marcia Friedmutter Scholarship $10,000

2014 recipient: Deja Martyr
Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts

"The Henry Wolf Scholarship I received in June of 2014, has given me the opportunity to study at the School of Visual Arts and also pay for supplies that are needed for me to continue making art." - Deja Martyr

Art Education / Renee Darvin Award $1,000

2014 recipient: Chantal Feitosa-Desouza
Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts

"Receiving the Art Education/Renee Darvin Award was truly an honor, and knowing that there are individuals who took an interest in my creative and professional potential as an artist and educator is very inspiring ... I would have never been able to say that I earned my place at Rhode Island School of Design alone, for it was only through the help of various institutions such as the School Art League that I have been able to find the means to be where I am and I am deeply thankful." - Chantal Feitosa-Desouza


Pratt Institute / Marcia Friedmutter Scholarship $10,000­

2013 recipient: Sarah Mateo
Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts

“The Marcia Friedmutter Scholarship to Pratt Institute was the highlight of my senior year in high school and lifted a lot of stress off my shoulders freshmen year for college. The scholarship made me confident in my artistic abilities and made me unafraid to try new techniques and concepts. Most importantly I was able to dedicate more time to my school work, and I have therefore been able to grow as an artist because of it. I will always be extremely grateful to the Marcia Friedmutter scholarship.” - Sarah Mateo

Sarah Mateo is currently enrolled in Pratt’s Communication/Graphic Design department and is majoring in graphic design.

School of Visual Arts / Henry Wolf Scholarship­ $25,000

2013 recipient: Jade Babolesay
High School of Art & Design

"My first year at The School of Visual Arts was, in short, insightful. At the start of the school year I was very nervous approaching a new major (Advertising) apart from what I had studied in high school (Illustration). However, my interest and passion for learning something new kept me going and I have learned so much. I am proud of the work I produced and value the lessons taught by my art professors. This great opportunity would not have been possible without the help of the Henry Wolf Scholarship. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to study under working professionals in the field, nor would I  have met such wonderful and talented students as well. I am excited to start looking into internships that can further my education and ready me for working in the real world. I'd like to thank the School Art League for this once in a lifetime opportunity that has given me so much." - Jade Babolesay

FIT / Jane Curliano Mazzella Scholarship, $1,000

2013 recipient: Jaydee Joseph
Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts

"It has been a little over a year since I received the Jane Curliano Mazzella Scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology.  In the three semesters that I have been attending FIT I've been exposed to advertising, packaging and exhibition design and considering majoring in Graphic Design for my bachelor's degree. I am grateful for opportunity to pursue my interests and expand the possibilities for my future." - Jaydee Joseph

Art Education / Renee Darvin Award $1,000

2013 recipient: Yucheng Chen
Brooklyn High School of the Arts

"I will continue to pursue my dreams and pledges from that moment in Brooklyn High School of the Arts: I will climb the mountains, tall and wide, perhaps like Mt. Everest, and upon its peak I shall look upon a world not yet showered adequately enough in color. I shall paint among the clouds and make love to the rain with my brush." - Yucheng Chen

Art Directors Club Award $1,000

2013 recipient: Alexis Cotton
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

"Receiving the Art Directors Club Award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a very nostalgic moment. I had finally been recognized for my hard work and the talent that flourished from the many hours in the classroom and sitting in the galleries of the Met.

Currently, I am attending the University of Southern California as a Design major/ Consumer Behavior minor. My goals after graduating include receiving my MBA, becoming an creative director for an advertising agency, and winning an Art Director's Club Young Guns Award. 

I have started a non-profit since attending USC called Motivate & Empower. I am the Marketing VP and creative director. I created the website, logo, and all the photography." - Alexis Cotton

Alexis’ website is:


SVA / Henry Wolf Scholarship $32,100

2012 recipient: Noel Nunez
High School of Art & Design

"The SVA/Henry Wolf Scholarship provided the freedom to indulge in a world filled with possibilities without anxiety over financial need. I was caught by surprise when I heard the news about the award as I really wanted to study design at the School of Visual Arts. It inspired me and created a confidence that has pushed me into learning as much as possible. Ultimately I'm deeply grateful for this scholarship, as it is a milestone in my life as an artist." - Noel Nunez


SVA / Henry Wolf Scholarship $28,000

2011 recipient: Hoy Yi Leung
High School of Art & Design

"The award helped me ultimately decide my choice of college... The School of Visual Arts has taught me so much about the importance of hard work and self-drive and autonomy. It has thrown me many challenges and consequently helped me build character. The Henry Wolf Scholarship started this process of growth and discovery..." - Hoy Yi Leung

Art Directors Club Award $1,000-Edward R. Murrow HS

2011 recipient: Mandi La
Edward R. Murrow High School

"The award presented to me by the School Art League had great impact during my first few years of college. It gave me the confidence that any teen would need in making the transition from being a high school student to a college undergraduate. It also me helped me immensely with tuition and supplies. This allowed me to continue my education as an apprentice of the arts and an illustrator emerging into the world of competitive professionals." - Mandi La

Mandi La is currently attending Fashion Institute of Technology.