Arts Scholarship

In 2014, Hands on Art awarded its first arts scholarship to a graduating senior at the Vernonia High School. The scholarship takes into account overall academic performance and volunteer activities in the community, but places a strong emphasis on dedication to artistic development. Hands-on Art values “art-intelligence” and recognizes the importance of creative expression as it contributes to the growth of students, community, and culture. Our definition of “art” is broad, inclusive of visual arts, performance arts, music, and creative writing to name a few.

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The 2014 Hands on Art Scholarship recipient, Jessica Gardner, receives a continuing education check from HOA president, Bill Langmaid

In Jessica’s words: Whether it be the elegance of dancing, beautifully crafted words on a page, or brush strokes on a canvas, art has always had a place in my heart. Hands on Art helped with my dream to keep art in my life when they awarded me their 2014 scholarship. I am now in a fast paced program that expands my knowledge of the arts so that I can use it to create spectacular and outstanding events for other people. I want to help them make their dreams come true with the events I coordinate, just as Hands on Art helped me accomplish mine.


Scholarship Winner 2016 – Hailey Fennell

Scholarship Winner 2017 – Kaitlyn Eyrrick


Fundraising for the arts scholarship is a community effort. The proceeds from the HoA silent auction and art sale during the local Salmon Festival are dedicated to this endeavor. Donations from community members are also gladly accepted and can be targeted specifically to the scholarship account.

Donations earmarked for the scholarship fund may be sent to:
Hands-on Art
PO Box 195
Vernonia, OR 97064

The Vernonia Hands-on Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We are happy to provide a receipt upon request.

New Vernonia High School
New Vernonia High School