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Donor-Funded Scholarships: S-Z

Josh Sallow Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Sallow created the Josh Sallow Memorial Scholarship in 2002 in memory of her son, Joshua Alan Sallow, who ended his life two months before his 20th birthday. Josh was a creative and outgoing young man who was a model student in high school, excelling in his classes and participating enthusiastically in gymnastics, dance, music, and art. After high school, he worked at Paper Moon Diner, a popular restaurant near MICA, and developed friendships with many of the students who congregated there. The Josh Sallow Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a meritorious and deserving Graphic Design major who is a resident of Maryland, commemorates these friendships as well as Josh's own artistic gifts and interests.

Santa Farinella Sangiamo General Fine Arts Scholarship

Longtime MICA faculty member Albert "Abby" Sangiamo, along with his wife, Irma, created the Santa Farinella General Fine Arts Scholarship in honor of his late mother who, like her son, was both artistic and generous. Abby recalls that his mother used to decorate blown chicken or ostrich eggs with dime store glitter and glass to sell or give away. One recipient of her handiwork was the flamboyant pianist and showman Liberace, who got an egg containing a diorama of himself seated at the piano. Delighted with the gift, Liberace personally wrote to thank Mrs. Sangiamo, and invited her to come backstage at his next performance. They kept in touch for years. Another grateful recipient was New York City's mental health department, to which she donated hundreds of decorated eggs. Abby's son Dino Sangiamo, and Dino's wife Ellen continue to fund this scholarship, which is awarded annually to a meritorious and deserving General Fine Arts major.

Thomas Sangiamo Scholarship

Longtime MICA faculty member Albert "Abby" Sangiamo, along with his wife, Irma, created a scholarship in his father's name, the Thomas Sangiamo Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a rising senior who demonstrates excellence in drawing and is a General Fine Arts or Drawing major.

C.V. Starr Scholarship

The Starr Foundation has generously provided scholarship support to MICA's top-ranked international students for over a decade. C.V. Starr Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen in recognition of outstanding artistic achievement, and are renewed throughout their four-year career at MICA.

Helen C. Stevens Scholarship

The Helen C. Stevens Scholarship was established in 1999 by an exceptional artist and MICA alumna who has supported the College generously and anonymously for many years. She established the scholarship as a way to express her gratitude to Rex Stevens '82, alumnus and faculty member, for helping her mentor, Hoffberger director Grace Hartigan, during an illness. Rex Stevens accepted the fund on behalf of the General Fine Arts Department, but requested that the scholarship be named in honor of his mother rather than himself. Given the selflessness of all involved, the Helen C. Stevens Scholarship can be seen as a tribute to the whole MICA community, perfectly expressed in the form of assistance to its most valued members, the students.

Reba Stewart Memorial Scholarship

The Reba Stewart Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to meritorious, deserving female Painting majors, commemorates popular faculty member and painter Reba Stewart, who had a distinguished career as a student, teacher, and artist. She attended the Boston Museum School, received a BFA and an MFA from Yale University, studied painting in Mexico, and learned wood-block and painting techniques in Japan. She taught at the Boston Museum School and Monticello College in Illinois as well as at MICA, won numerous awards, and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Her works appear in numerous private and public collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Athenaeum, Fogg Art Museum, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Smith College. In 1971 Reba Stewart died of malaria. This scholarship in her memory is funded by an endowment from her friend and patron, Genevieve McMillan.

Tylden Westcott Streett Scholarship for Figurative Art

Tylden Westcott Streett graduated from MICA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1954 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1957. He was appointed to the faculty of the Rinehart School in 1959 to teach its signature program in figurative sculpture and served as the director of the Rinehart School from 1959 to 1960. Tylden Westcott Streett also served as the director of the graduate programs of MICA from 1965 to 1971 and as a faculty member at MICA from 1959 to 2010. A permanent teaching studio is named in his honor at MICA to recognize his contributions as director, faculty member, and mentor of students.

Sylvan/Laureate Foundation MAT Scholarship

The mission of the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, broadly defined, is "to support the best practices in education and training throughout the world and to support the communities in which our employees live." The Sylvan/Laureate Foundation MAT Scholarship was created in April 2010 by the Foundation with a grant of $10,000. The scholarship will provide up to 4 BFA/MAT students financial aid in their fifth year of study at MICA.

Lenore Tawney Foundation Scholarship

In 2006, The Lenore G. Tawney Foundation established the Lenore Tawney Scholarship in Fiber. Lenore G. Tawney was born in Ohio in 1907 and is recognized today as one of the leading fiber artists of the 20th century. She is an artist who revolutionized and elevated fiber arts through her work. In 1992, MICA conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree on her and featured a solo exhibition of her work on campus.

Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Scholarship

In 1980, the Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Scholarship Program was established by The Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Foundation to recognize the most outstanding student applicants at MICA. The Thalheimer Scholarship program furthers the Thalheimer and Blaustein legacies established by young Jacob Blaustein, who was a student at MICA's Market Place building at the turn of the 20th century, and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer who attended MICA in the "new" 1907 building on Mount Royal Avenue a few years after her brother.

Three Arts Club of Homeland, Inc. Scholarship

The Three Arts Club of Homeland has been a longtime supporter of MICA students with this annual scholarship that recognizes the talent and merit of a sophomore, junior, or senior.

Don F. Turano '59 Scholarship

The Don Turano '59 Scholarship was endowed through a gift from alumnus Don Turano's estate in 2005. Don Turano attended MICA with scholarship support and became an accomplished sculptor who was commissioned to create busts of Ronald Reagan, for Reagan's presidential library, and of Walter Reid for the Walter Reid Hospital.Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship

Recognizing that direct contact with other cultures-and the deepening experience of travel itself-are important experiences for any artist at the threshold of his or her career, the Municipal Art Society established the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship at Maryland Institute College of Art. The award, one of the oldest awards at MICA, is named after Henry Walters, who was one of Baltimore's preeminent art patrons in the early 20th century. Since its inception, the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship has allowed talented graduate students to begin their careers with an immersive and transformative travel experience that informs their art making for years to come.

Chick West '67 Scholarship for Digital Arts

Chick West received a BFA in photography in 1965 and a Master of Arts in Teaching deegree in 1968 from MICA. Chick was a longtime teacher at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology an arts magnet high school in Towson, MD and he developed Carver's core curriculum in multimedia communications. The curriculum included ditigal imaging as both visual communication and autonomous art, digital photography and video, and digital animation. To continue supporting the digital arts, Chick provided for a scholarship in his estate to be awarded to an incoming MICA freshman from Baltimore County who wishes to pursue an education focusing on digital media.

Walter G. '38 & Betty '39 Wilkinson Scholarship

The Walter G. '38 and Betty Wilkinson '39 Memorial Scholarship is given annually to a meritorious full-time student of any major. The scholarship memorializes Walter and Betty Wilkinson, who were MICA alumni and parents. The scholarship was endowed in 1992 through a bequest from Betty Wilkinson. Walter Wilkinson received an Illustration diploma in 1938 and became a successful commercial illustrator for several national companies. Betty Wilkinson earned a postgraduate degree from MICA in 1939. After graduation, she worked as a portrait artist in oils and acrylics, and as a watercolorist. She exhibited throughout Maryland, winning several awards, and holding membership and/or offices in the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Annapolis Club, and the Maryland Federation of Art. The couple's daughter, Julie Wilkinson, received a BFA in General Fine Arts from MICA in 1969.

Robert Vernon Wirtz Memorial Scholarship

Robert Vernon Wirtz was a talented artist enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, who was ultimately killed in action. Born April 21, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland, Robert worked for the Stieff Silver Company as a silver designer before leaving for the war in 1942. While home on furlough, he married his sweetheart, Louise Wirtz, but shortly thereafter, he returned to war. He was known as the "flying artist of the air" because he created sketches of loved ones for his fellow soldiers since they were not allowed to take photographs up in the planes. Robert shot down an enemy plane while his plane was falling from the sky after being hit. Robert remained at his post instead of bailing out. He survived the crash and was executed by the enemy. Robert was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Robert Wirtz' niece and alumna of Maryland Institute College of Art, Carolyn Anderson London '68 (Painting BFA), remembers her family's loss vividly. A brother to several siblings, Carolyn's mom took Robert's death particularly hard. "Throughout my life, I have wanted to commemorate my uncle's legacy and am now in a position to be able to do so by creating a scholarship supporting Painting students at MICA. While the hurt of losing my uncle does not dissipate, I feel a sense of peace knowing his memory will serve students who are following a passion of art my uncle was never able to pursue."

Dale Burton Wood '30 Memorial Scholarships

In Fiber and Illustration

The Dale Burton Wood '30 Memorial Scholarships were established in 1993 from the bequest of 1930 alumna Dale Burton Wood and are awarded annually to a fiber major and an illustration major. As a night school student at MICA, Mrs. Wood earned her tuition by working days at Hutzler Brothers department store. After graduation, she married architect Allan Burton and opened a dressmaking shop specializing in wedding and evening attire. The work of the shop was, by her account, challenging, physically exhausting, and relatively low paying, but she found it "mentally very rewarding" to have her own business designing and making clothes. Grateful for this opportunity and the education that made it possible, she created the Dale Burton Wood '30 Memorial Scholarships to help other meritorious, committed students.

Bill Woody/Tom Miller '67, '87 Scholarship

In 2001, MICA received a generous gift from Anne Winstead Woody '57 to establish the Bill Woody/Tom Miller '67, '87 Scholarship endowment to honor the memory of two brilliant, creative men. Anne's brother, William H. Woody, Jr., was a formally trained art historian whose thinking and teaching were not bounded by the traditional definitions of art. At the forefront of cross-disciplinary methods, Bill integrated philosophy, psychology, sociology, theology, and music into lessons about art and architecture, and combined these elements to produce a highly acclaimed "idea-image-music" project entitled "The Eschatology of Art & The Parables of God." Bill Woody was killed in a tragic accident in 1988 at age 52.

Anne's friendship with MICA alumnus Tom Miller was formed when they met at the Joseph Richey Hospice, where she volunteered. Her respect for Tom's courage and creativity deepened with each visit. Tom's brilliant career, which brought him national recognition for his unique work in a self-proclaimed "Afro Deco style," ended with his death at age 54 in June 2000. Tom graduated from MICA with a BFA in 1967, taught in the Baltimore public schools, and returned to complete his MFA in 1987 as one of MICA's first Ford Foundation Fellows.


Please contact Nayeli Garcia Mowbray, Assistant Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations, at mgarciamowbray@mica.edu or 443-423-1023 for corrections to this list.

This page was last updated on 04/05/2018.