Scholarship Program

SVMoA 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Helping students and teachers pursue their dreams.

Sun Valley Museum of Art believes art education is essential to building engaged, curious, inspired and contributing citizens. Art strengthens individuals and communities, and SVMoA's educational programs develop fundamental life skills like confidence, improvisation, empathy, self-expression and problem-solving.

Sun Valley Museum of Art awards local students and educators five different types of scholarships annually to further their education in the arts and humanities. The Museum’s overall scholarships since 1998 have reached nearly $1 million. The SVMoA scholarship program is made possible through funds raised at the SVMoA's Annual Wine Auction and private donations. Thank you to our generous donors!

2021 Scholarship Application Information: 

Application Deadline:
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Award Notifications:
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Final Reports Due:
Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Scholarship funds must be used between April 2021–February 2022

For questions or more information, please contact Katelyn Foley at

For Educators:

The Wendy & Alan Pesky Educator Scholarship

Wendy and Alan Pesky are long-time supporters of the Sun Valley Museum of Art and arts education. As founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, Wendy and Alan have built Idaho's leading organization for early special education. They have worked extensively with students, educators and universities in numerous capacities to further education in Idaho and beyond. This scholarship is intended for educators in the Wood River Valley who work in public or private schools teaching pre-K through 12th grade. Educators can use these scholarship funds to support formal professional development in the visual arts, performing arts or humanities.

If you are interested in taking a SVMoA class for professional development, please email Katelyn Foley, Director of Education and Humanities at

For College Students:

The Gay V. Weake Scholarship

This scholarship is named after Gay V. Weake, a past Executive Director at the Sun Valley Museum of Art and a great supporter of art education. The intention of this scholarship is to benefit students who are serious about pursuing the arts as their college major. 

For High School Students:

High School Arts & Humanities Scholarship:

This scholarship is designed for Blaine County high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 looking to further their artistic pursuits in the visual arts, performing arts or humanities.

Ezra Pound Scholarship: 

This scholarship is named for the renowned poet Ezra Pound who was born in Hailey, Idaho in 1885. Though Pound is best known for his literary legacy, his broad reach included the worlds of art, music and general intellectual inquiry. This award is given to a high school junior pursuing advanced study in the visual arts outside of the Wood River Valley during the summer before his or her senior year.

Jack Thornton Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts:

When Jack Thornton passed away in 2017, he left behind an incomparable legacy of support for this community and the arts that began more than three decades ago. During the course of his life, Jack’s philanthropy knew no bounds and he often quietly supported organizations and individuals with no fanfare or recognition. He was a visionary. Jack’s love of music and lifetime learning were exemplified by his own pursuits and his ability to embrace life to the fullest. In honor of Jack Thornton’s support of Sun Valley Museum of Art (formerly Sun Valley Center for the Arts), the Board of Directors have begun a scholarship in his name to support a performing arts student. This award is given to either a  high school junior or senior pursuing advanced study in the performing arts outside of the Wood River Valley.