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Eric Fischl Scholars Program

Eric Fischl is a contemporary painter, sculptor and author. Fischl attended Phoenix College (PC) in the late 1960s. While at PC, Eric studied under contemporary landscape painter Merrill Mahaffey, who Fischl credits with opening his mind to a new way of thinking. 

As many artists do, Fischl struggled to find validation in his pursuit of a career in the arts. Fischl says he feels a sense of obligation to give back to the place where he first felt he could be – and was allowed to be – an artist. 

In 2009, the Fischl Scholars Program, the first of its kind at a community college, was established to increase the number of students pursuing an Associate of Fine Arts Degree at Phoenix College – in preparation for university transfer. 

The Eric Fischl Scholars Program offers talented students the opportunity to complete their Associate of Arts / Fine Arts 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 the requirements for an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, fees, and art supplies for the duration of the students’ degree program at PC (see specific criteria and details below).

Steps to Apply

The Eric Fischl Scholars Program (EFSP) was launched in fall 2009 in collaboration with world renowned contemporary artist and Phoenix College alumnus Eric Fischl. The program, which is the first of its kind to be offered at a community college, focuses on increasing the number of students pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Art at Phoenix College in preparation for university transfer. 


The Eric Fischl Scholars Program is overseen by the Phoenix College Fine Art Department and the Development Office.  If you have questions about the RFSP, please call the Fine Arts Department at 602-285-7277 or the Development Office at 602-285-7667.

Continue to application by clicking link below.

Eric Fischl Scholars Program Application


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