SDWS Merit Scholarship Award

The San Diego Watercolor Society is a local association of artists who produce watermedia-based artwork.  Supported by its membership and volunteers, SDWS maintains a nationally recognized gallery located in The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station where monthly juried member shows attract visitors from all over the United States and other countries.  In addition, the International Exhibition held in October invites watermedia artists from all over the world to compete for awards and show their work.

Today’s art students are tomorrow’s fine artists. Through its outreach efforts to local schools, SDWS knows there are many talented students who would like to exhibit their work  and become a part of an organized group of artists.  To enable that opportunity, SDWS has created  a Merit Scholarship Award that provides free membership to selected students ages 16 and over (Approximate value $500).

This award provides free access to SDWS member activities including:

Application Process

Download and complete the SDWS Merit Scholarship Application Form.  Applicants under 18 years of age are required also download and complete a Parental Consent Form. Applicants are asked to submit a sample Portfolio of their work in addition to completing the application. Once the forms are completed, email a copy of each applicable form to

To submit a portfolio, the applicant must register on the SDWS Website at In the upper right hand corner of the the home page, click on "Register" and follow the instructions to create your username and password.  Once registered and signed in under your new username and password, you will see  a link for SDWS Merit Scholarship Portfolio Submissions.  Click "here" to enter. 

The next screen will show your user registration information.  Enter how you heard about the Scholarship Program and click "Enter".  From the Artwork Entry screen, you may upload your ".jpg" image file. After upload completes, enter the title of your painting (no quotes or special characters) and enter “ 000" as price in the fields indicated. Click "Enter" and your first image will be listed below. You may upload your next image (up to 3 images). Note: These images may be used for publicity for the program.

Timeline for Selection and Award

Each year SDWS may award as many as six (6) scholarships.  All Applications, Parental Consent Forms (as applicable) and entry images must be submitted as of May 15th to be considered. Merit Scholarship award winners will be announced by May 30th.  

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