Champion Art Scholarship Fund

Wayne Champion ArtThe Champion Art Scholarship Fund for young artists was established in 2004, in memory of our friend and long-time SCVWS member Wayne Champion. In setting up this fund, we honor his teaching, his creative spirit, and his wonderful warm attitude to life and everything around him. Wayne was responsible for setting up the Industrial Arts Department at San Jose State University, and he taught there for over 30 years. The Champion Art Scholarship Fund is part of our community outreach program to give back to the local art community, reaching out a helping hand to the upcoming generation of artists.

Right: CyberMap by Wayne Champion

Nominations and Awards

Since 2009 the Society has given an annual scholarship to a student enrolled in the Art and Design Program at San Jose State University in memory of Wayne Champion. Wayne taught in the Industrial Arts Department of SJSU for over 30 years. The student also receives a complimentary membership in the Society.  The artist can work in any medium.

Below are recent scholarship winners.

There were two scholarhip winners in 2017.  Karina Garcia is in the BA Art Studio Teacher Prep Program (painting at left) and Tran Tran is in the BFA Pictorial Art Program (painting at right).

Karina Garcia

tran tran

scholarship 2015In 2016 the award winner was Danielle Torvik-Staffen , shown here with some of her paintings. Danielle
is from Boulder Creek and currently resides in Santa Cruz. She will graduate with a BFA in pictorial arts, and is in preparation for her senior exhibition in the spring of 2017. She works primarily with watercolor on paper and oil on canvas. Using watercolor sensibilities, and her interest in the element of transparency, she combines the unpredictable and uncontrollable methods of puddling, pouring, and evaporation with crisp structure. Some of these works evoke a sense of ruins enshrouded in mist, others read as cracked glass and mirrors. She continues to joyfully experiment with new combinations and methods of indirect painting and mark-making.


sjsu students

Top row: teacher Gale Antokal, 2016 winner Danielle Torvik-Stavin
Bottom Row: Shannon Belardi (2015), Monica Gonzalez and Kurt Salinas

In 2017 students created paintings of apples as a thank you to SCVWS.
Below is a collection of their "apples" paintings.



Please contact scholarship email for details, or to nominate a student. 


This fund is supported by the SCVWS Board, the Champion family, and by generous gifts from individual members, and others. You may give towards the Champion Art Fund in the name of anyone you wish to remember at any time. Your gift is appreciated. For more information, contact scholarship email .

Send your check to SCVWS, noting "Scholarship Fund" in the memo area. If you would like to provide the name and address of the person you are remembering, a card will be sent to your friend, telling them of the gift in their honor.

attn: Champion Art Scholarship Fund
PO Box 237
Los Altos, CA, 94023