Museum of Ventura County is accepting applications for its Bonita C. McFarland Visual Arts Scholarship. The fund has $17,500 to be awarded to eligible applicants who are high school seniors enrolling in college courses in 2022 fall semester, or any continuing visual arts college student who is a Ventura County resident.

Requirements for submission are a completed application, 400-word essay about their art and career or education goals, a letter of recommendation ,and prior artwork or projects. Applications are due by Feb. 28. Students are allowed to submit up to 10 bodies of work, and are encouraged to start early. For further details and to apply, visit

Funds for the scholarship are provided through an endowment of the scholarship’s namesake Bonita C. McFarland, a generous supporter, and longtime donor to the arts of Ventura County. The funds are held, administered and awarded by the Museum of Ventura County, to individuals based on artistic merit, eligibility, and needs of the applicant.

Past recipients have received more than $500 each, after being selected by a collaborative committee consisting of Museum of Ventura County personnel and members of the museum’s fine arts committee.

“It’s always an exciting time to see the creativity of these young, dedicated and hard-working artists flourish,” said Linda Edison, chair of the fine arts committee. “Last year’s talent was truly outstanding.
Each piece was filled with individuality and excellence. I can’t wait to see how students take this opportunity to represent our county this year.”

Last year’s scholarship winners were Cal State University Northridge students Yasemin Zografos of Thousand Oaks and Amelia Compton of Camarillo; Moorpark College student Jullianne De La Cruz of Oxnard; and California Institute of the Arts student Amelia Compton of Camarillo.

The committee will review submissions in March, and scholarship winners will be announced in April. An awards reception at the Museum of Ventura will be scheduled in the spring. For more on the scholarship awards process, visit