Shirley Elke Memorial Art Scholarship

Annual Application Deadline: February 15

Click here for the 2020-2021 Shirley Elke Memorial Art Scholarship application form.

The Shirley Elke Award is named for one of the Soroptimist International of Modesto’s Past Presidents. She gave her time not only to Soroptimist projects, but was also involved with the Central California Art League, the Pen Women, the City’s Library and Culture Commission and the Chamber of Commerce where she started the Convention Bureau.

Funded by the Shirley Elke Fund this award recognizes women who have definite plans to, or are currently pursuing, study in the field of “creative visual arts”, (include drawing, painting, & graphic art).


  1. Portfolio: Submit 3 examples of recent art work within specific area of study.

  2. References: Please attach two letters of reference with the completed application.

  3. Written one-page essay that describes your educational goals and plans for achieving them.

  4. Must be a resident of Stanislaus County.

  5. Must be enrolled in an academic institution or extended workshop, studying art.

For information: email attention Awards & Scholarship Committee

2019-2020 Shirley Elke Memorial Scholarship Recipient Bonnie Arbuckle

Examples of art submitted by the 2019-2020 recipient