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For many years the Colonie Art League has recognized the talents and efforts of students in both the North Colonie High School (Shaker) and the South Colonie High School. The League presents two high school seniors, chosen by their respective school’s art department, with a scholarship award at their meeting in May. The students are encouraged to bring samples of their artwork, comment on their relevance and discuss their future plans. They show promise in the arts and are seeking to continue their art education at the university level.


"Art cultivates understanding, promotes tolerance, provides healing therapies, reflects issues of the days and certainly helps in designing our possessions!" ~Marion Greenberg, CAL Board Member and Chairperson of the CAL Scholarship Committee


Colonie Art League members raise scholarship funds through donations, raffles and white elephant sales.

Scroll down to see the winners from the last few years.

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The CAL Scholarship Fund and Scholarship Winners

2023 CAL Scholarship Awards

This year the Colonie Art League announced the FIVE RECIPIENTS of the 2023 Art Scholarship Awards during a reception at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Latham in May.


The winners, from five area high schools, were: Shaelen Bates (Troy High School); Vivian He, (Colonie Central High School); Lucy Lee, (Shaker High School); Emily Leslie, (Schenectady High School), and Lavender Scott, (Albany High School). They each received a $500 scholarship and a gift card from Arlene’s Artist Materials.


The recipients are scheduled to continue their art studies in college: Bates at Rhode Island School of Design; He at Rochester Institute of Technology; Lee at Boston University; Leslie at Ithaca College; and Scott at Hudson Valley Community College.


Scholarships are presented annually to recognize academic excellence in the arts, intention of continuing education at college level, participation in sponsored community arts events and participation and leadership roles in school art clubs. Among our guiding principles are the increase of public awareness of original art produced in the Capital District, the presentation of educational programs for artists, and continued fundraising for donations to provide high school graduates with art scholarships, prizes, and awards, among other important causes.


2021 CAL Scholarship Awards

High school seniors Henry Tetteh (Shaker High School) and Enzo Lontoc (Colonie CentralHigh School) were selected recipients of the 2021 Colonie Art League (CAL) Scholarship Awards. Marion Greenberg, Board Member and Chairperson of the CAL Scholarship Committee, announced the winners at a Zoom reception on May 4th.


Previously honored as a 2021 contest winner for “Black History Month Creative Expressions”, Henry Tetteh also received a Juror’s Choice Award in the Capital District Juried Regional Show and a Gold Key Scholastic Art Award. Tetteh plans to study architecture at the university level.


Enzo Lontoc was recently featured in the 22nd Annual High School Regional Show. His college studies will focus on digital art and animation.

2020 CAL Scholarship Awards


Each year one of CAL’s missions is to award local high school seniors with a scholarship. These are students that the art departments at Shaker HS and Colonie HS have selected for showing great dedication and future visual-arts interests.
Congratulations to the following four students!

North Colonie/Shaker High School

Chloe Baldwin                                                                                            Lily Jerome
Planning on attending SUNY New Paltz                                                     Planning on attending F.I.T.


South Colonie High School

Kendall Benac                                                                                            Sara Rybitski
Planning on attending Savannah
College of Art and Design                   Planning on attending Russell Sage College


2019 CAL Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards were presented to both 

Skyler Heiser at North Colonie/Shaker (who plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design)

Melena Andrade at South Colonie High School (who plans to attend SUNY New Paltz)

2018 CAL Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards were presented to both 

Emmy He at North Colonie/Shaker and

Alexis Ebanks at South Colonie High School

2017 CAL Scholarship Awards

Scholarship awards were presented to both Madeline Ames (North Colonie Shaker High School) and Gianina Padula (South Colonie High School) at the May 2, 2017 meeting. 


The soon-to-be graduating seniors were selected by their high school art departments and they each received a $500 check from the Colonie Art League. Madeleine is planning on attending the Cleveland Institute of Art for Illustration and Design and Gianina is planning on attending Boston University to further her art education.

2016 CAL Scholarship Awards


The recipients of the 2016 CAL Scholarships were Margaret Murnane, N. Colonie Schools, and Katie Yee, South Colonie High School. They were recommended by their art teachers. Anne Manzella, North Colonie and Thomasa Nielsen, South Colonie.

The Colonie Art League is proud to provide an art scholarship to two worthy art students in the North and South Colonie school districts. To all of our members, thank you so much for supporting our raffles, our white elephant sales and for making donations. And, thank you to Debbie Park-Boussu for her continued efforts in encouraging so many members to support our endeavors.

2015 CAL Scholarship Awards


While the arts and sciences are definitely related, it continues to be our pleasure to recognize the exceptional artistic talents of our young students in their pursuit of the arts at the University level. This year, at the May 6th General Meeting, Maya Lewis at North Colonie, (Shaker High School) and Monica Almodovar at South Colonie, (Colonie High School) each received a check of $500.00 to be used for books and art supplies. 


Maya Lewis plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College and Monica Almodovar plans to attend Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The students were selected by their individual school Art Coordinators: North Colonie Anne Manzella and South Colonie Thomasa Nielson.

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