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The Weston Scholarship of Monterey

Are you a high school, college, or university student in Monterey County?  If so, pay attention to this!  Whether you've been involved in photography for a while or are just starting, the Weston Scholarship is a great opportunity for all.

What is it?

It's a scholarship fund that was set up to support high school and college students studying fine art photography in Monterey County.  More specifically, it targets students processing photos in "old school" methods, like the dark room, and alternative processing, like platinum printing.  If you'd like to know more about the Weston Scholarship, please visit their website.

How do you become eligible?

You have to be a current student for the year you're applying for the scholarship.  Proof of enrollment is required during the application process.

What are the requirements?

A portfolio of 10 (ten) mounted/matted photos is required.  Also, the prints that are submitted have to have been created in the past year before the competition.  You will also have to complete a variety of tasks for proper submission of your portfolio, which you can find here.

What is the deadline for this year?

This year's deadline is April 23, 2010 between 3-4pm.  All portfolios must be brought to Monterey Peninsula College and dropped off in the Darkroom, which is located in the International Students Center room 105 (IC105).

When will I know if I won?

On April 30, 2010, all non-winners will be able to pick up their portfolios at MPC in the darkroom, between 3-4pm.

When is the awards ceremony and what are the prizes?

The reception and awards ceremony will be held on May 5th at the Carmel Sunset Cultural Center.  The first place scholarship is $1000, second place $500, third place $300, and honorable mentions $200. The number of honorable mention awards is at the discretion of the judges.

Who judges the work?

The portfolios will be judged by a panel of respected local photographers and educators. The work will be judged on uniqueness, clarity, and consistency of vision and the quality of a finished print. (printing, mounting and spotting).

There will be submissions for the scholarship from the MPC Black & White Photography class, as well as from other students at the college, and also from a range of high school students from various schools.  Even if you can't make this years competition, it is worth looking into, especially because this year, they're starting something new!  In the past, funds were raised for the scholarship through auctions.  This year, the funds will be attained through the fine print program.  Winners from the competition will be invited to create a certain amount of limited edition prints under the mentorship of Kim Weston.  In addition, this year, the winners' portfolios will be on display during First Night of Monterey in a gallery, giving them a professional viewing.

So whether you participate this year or in the years to come, Monterey offers photography students in the county a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, and also, possibly get some money for school!  And in today's economy, what student doesn't need a little help?

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