MIVAL Awards 5 Senior Scholarships

2017 HS Scholarship Winners

Tracy Mintz, Joie Lim, Kenny Koning, Sophia Zink, Rebecca Bone and Elaine Shen

The May 4th general meeting was a wonderful gathering of young and old as we celebrated the 2017 High School Scholarship winners, Rebecca Bone ($500), Joie Lim ($500), Elaine Shen ($500), Kenny Koning ($300) and Sophia Zink ($300). Each of our winners received their award and then spoke briefly to the group about their art and future plans. We also were joined by members of

the students’ families and Mercer Island High School art teacher Tracy Mintz. If you were unable to attend, some of each students’ artwork is on view at the MIVAL Gallery through May. We are fortunate to have such vibrant young people creating art on Mercer Island.

As with all of our programs, many thanks are required. First and foremost, our scholarship program is funded by combined donations from MIVAL, MIVAL Gallery and private individuals. Thank you to Lorri Falterman, Wanda Hughes, Zeynep Alev, Ken Claflin, Sandi Russo and Carol Whitaker who donated specifically to this program in 2017. Thank you to Nannette Bassett and everyone who works on Art Uncorked, as part of the money made from that program is specifically earmarked for the scholarship program.

Tracy Mintz, Joie Lim, Kenny Koning, Sophia Zink, Rebecca Bone and Elaine Shen

Thank you to our 2017 co-chairs Carol
Whitaker and Roberta Wyde. Thank you to this year’s judges Zeynep, Joni Johnson, Nancy Abel, Genny Rees, Roberta and Carol. You guys do the hardest part. Thank you to Mercer Island High School teachers Laura Totten, Tracy Mintz and Francesca Lee and Northwest Yeshiva High School teacher Yulia Chubotin all of whom help us get the word out and facilitate our access to the art and the students.

Next year’s scholarship program will start organizing in the fall. If you are interested in helping out, let Roberta Wyde know. She particularly needs someone to chair the 2019 program starting with shadowing her through the 2018 program. Donations for the program can be made at any time. Again, many, many thanks to everyone. This is one of our great community outreach programs.

Scholarship Program for High School Senior

Students of Visual Arts

Through our annual Scholarship Program, MIVAL encourages and supports emerging, committed and deserving high school senior visual artists in their desire to continue their art education. Any twelfth-grade high school student residing or attending school on Mercer Island who plans to enter a college, university, community college or art institution, with the intention of pursuing an art major or continuing in the visual arts field, may apply for MIVAL’s Senior Student Scholarship.

In 2017, we will award at least three scholarships. The total amount of all 2017 scholarships will be at least $2,100. For questions, contact Carol, 

The Scholarship Program application deadline is April 24, 2017, postmarked or emailed. Mail submissions should be sent to MIVAL Scholarships, P. O. Box 134, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Email submissions should be sent to Applicants who send an application by regular (U.S.) mail, should also notify MIVAL of this by contacting Carol Whitaker by email or phone (206) 280-8509.

Download the MIVAL Scholarship Application 2017.


As a special bonus, MIVAL Gallery invites the scholarship recipients to display their art works, for sale or not (the artist decides), at MIVAL Gallery. Hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6 PM (closed every Wednesday before a new show opens), Sunday 12 – 4 PM, with its Artists Receptions on First Thursday of each month (or as otherwise publicized) from 5 – 8 PM. Parents, friends and teachers are invited to this great event!

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Students who have demonstrated a desire to continue their visual art studies beyond High School are encouraged to apply.

Contact: MIVAL Student Scholarship Chairperson at with any questions about the Scholarship Award or the application.