Eric Fischl Scholars Program
Phoenix College and the D.L. Withers Foundation proudly announce the establishment by world renowned Artist and Alumnus Eric Fischl ‘69, of the Eric Fischl Scholars Program (EFSP). The program, which is the first of its kind to be offered at a community college, focuses on the recruitment of graduating high school seniors from across the Valley to study Fine Art at Phoenix College. Students work to complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree as part of an exclusive cohort of scholars associated with one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists, Eric Fischl.
Once selected as a Fischl Scholar, students are eligible to remain in the program until they complete requirements for the Associate in Arts Fine Arts Degree (63 credits). Pictured is the first cohort of Fischl Scholars (l-r), Steven Lagunas, Tiffany Lairby, and Iracel Lopez.
The goals of the program include:
- To identify and recruit high school seniors who have demonstrated a talent and interest for pursuing an education and career in the field of Art.
- To serve as a pipeline for students to complete the first two years of their undergraduate degree at Phoenix College, and prepare them for transfer to the University
- To provide scholarship assistance (up to $3,000 per year) to students in the program
- To teach and promote community service. Students will be required, as part of the program, to complete a minimum number of community service hours each semester.
- To monitor the progress of students in the program and promote retention and completion of the program. This will be accomplished through the pairing of each Scholar with a Mentor from among the Art faculty for the duration of their participation in the program. The Mentor will provide help in such areas as program advisement and direction on course selection, and suggest opportunities for linkages in the community to enhance the students’ educational experience. In order to promote student success and as a condition of remaining in the program, a comprehensive retention effort that will utilize existing services and programs available on campus (i.e., Counseling, Academic Advising, Career Services, etc.) will be accessed by each Student as recommended by their Mentor, and facilitated by a faculty member of the Counseling department who will work meet individually with each student on a regular basis.
- To assist and prepare students, based on their interests, in the selection of the appropriate school to which they may transfer beyond Phoenix College.
- To assist students in preparing application materials and portfolios for schools to which they may apply upon compiling their studies at Phoenix College.
To become involved with the EFSP, contact the Office of Development at (602) 285-7667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.