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! 


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

We love donations! 
If you wish to donate to the CAL Scholarship Fund, click below. 


Scholarship Fund Gift

The CAL Scholarship Fund and Scholarship Winners


2019 CAL Scholarship awards

Scholarship awards were presented to both 

North Colonie/Shaker: Skyler Heiser (will attend Savannah College of Art and Design)

South Colonie High School: Melena Andrade (will attend SUNY New Paltz)

2018 CAL Scholarship awards

Scholarship awards were presented to both 

North Colonie/ Shaker: Emmy He

South Colonie High School:  Alexis Ebanks

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 C.A.L. Scholarships were Margaret Murnane, N. Colonie Schools, and Katie Yee, S. Colonie Schools. They were reccomended 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 North Colonie, (Shaker High School) andMonica Almodovar South Colonie, (Colonie High School) each received a check of $500.00 to be used for books and art supplies. 


Maya Lewis will attend Hudson Valley Community College and Monica Almodovar will 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.

2014 Scholarship winners


Congratulations to our 2014 Colonie Art League Scholarship winners, Maddie Labarge from Shaker High School and Jessica Stapf from Colonie Central High School.

2013 Scholarship Winners 


The winner from South Colonie High School was Arnela Tang who plans on attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. The supervisor of her art department is Thomasa Nielson.


The winner from Shaker High School was Herin Park who is planning to attend the Parsons School of Design. Both Anne Manzella, Shaker HS Art supervisor and Paul Aubin, instructor of Advanced Studio Design and Portfolio development attended the presentation.


Herin recently received a Juror's Choice award at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Regional High School Exhibition for her work entitled "Meet Me in the Park". Arnela and Herin brought samples of their artwork and expressed their sincere gratitude to the Colonie Art League for their monetary awards. Their proud parents were in attendance.

2012 Scholarship winners


The winner from South Colonie High School was Arnela Mahmutovic. Arnela plans on attending Hudson Valley Community College in the fall. Her family came to this country as refugees from Bosnia and with the support of her parents was able to pursue her passion in art. As an elementary school student, she was able to participate in the Colonie Art League’s summer program at the Pruyn House an experience, she claims was pivotal in her art education. Her art teacher from South Colonie, Thomasa Nielson, accompanied her to the presentation. As a most generous gesture, Ms Nielson won the raffle prize at the meeting and donated the $71.00 back to the scholarship fund.

As a most generous gesture, Ms Nielson won the raffle prize at the meeting and donated the $71.00 back to the scholarship fund.

Liana Pangburn was the winner from Shaker High School. Liana is planning on attending the University of Hartford in the fall. Shaker High School District Art Supervisor Anne Manzella, art teacher, Paul Aubin and Liana’s parents accompanied Liana to the presentation.


Both students brought and presented samples of their artwork, commented on their relevance and planned on continuing art classes at the University level.

2011 Scholarship Winners

Jenifer Chung, Shaker High School, to attend Rhode Island School of Design.

Lise Sikhu, South Colonie High School, to attend Syracuse University.

They both gave a wonderful presentation at the June Dinner Meeting.
Thanks to our members who supported the Scholarship Fund.