Samella Lewis Scholarship

The Samella Lewis Scholarship was established by friends, students, and admirers of Samella Lewis - artist, arts educator, and former Scripps professor. The scholarship honors her as an instructor, artist, and mentor. The College will award this scholarship annually to a junior or senior African-American student who demonstrates excellence in character, leadership, and responsibility. The recipient(s) of this award will receive up to $4,500 in loan repayment upon graduation.


Samella Lewis is a towering iconic figure in American art, with an intellect as breathtaking as her staggering output of work. As an art historian, she has become an American treasure, demonstrating both depth and breadth in her understanding of the visual arts. As an artist, she has achieved and created works of stunning beauty and power in oils, watercolors, prints, and other mediums. Her work has been exhibited at the Getty Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, the New York Historical Society, Haus der Kirche, Germany, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, among numerous other art institutions. She is the founder of the Los Angeles Museum of African American Art, and the International Review of African American Art. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, named a Distinguished Scholar, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities; given a UNICEF visual arts award and six honorary doctorates, in addition to the one she earned at Ohio State University. She is the author of seven other publications. She continues to reside and work in Los Angeles. This scholarship was prompted by Samella Lewis' example as an artist, art historian, author, educator, and recipient of several noted awards.

Eligibility Requirements

Rising junior or senior African-American students are eligible to apply. Applicants must be current enrolled students at Scripps College. In addition to the overall quality of personal statement and accompanying letters of recommendation, finalists will be selected on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Excellence in character
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility


Applications are due November 11 by midnight. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Apply now.

Application Information

The online application includes:
  • A personal statement of 750 words or less that describes the impact your leadership on the Scripps community
  • A current resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A faculty reference letter
Questions should be directed to Colleen Murphy,, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Additional Information

The selection committee is comprised of a previous/current scholarship recipient, one staff member, and up to two faculty representatives. Finalists may be invited to interview with the selection committee. The scholarship recipient(s) will be selected by late December and invited to attend the annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon in the spring. All applicants will be notified once the recipient(s) has/have been selected.

Other questions? Contact Valinda Lee, Associate Director, Career Planning & Resources.



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