Scholarship and Internship

Cushwa College Internship

The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study.  The intern will conduct curatorial work to support art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities.


The museum is proud to announce the recipient of the 2020 Jean Cushwa College Internship, Payton Brown.

Payton Brown of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, is a student at West Virginia University and is earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in art education with a painting emphasis. She is also minoring in art history. Brown has previously worked as an arts counselor at the Visual Arts Academy at West Virginia University, a logo designer for the Morgan County 2020 Bicentennial Anniversary celebration and Apple Butter Festival, a children’s book illustrator, and a private painting and drawing instructor. Terese Giobbia, Ph.D., Payton Brown’s professor, stated, “I have found [Payton] to be extremely innovative, courteous, respectful, kind, and hardworking. Her ability to connect fully and passionately in everything she does leads her to create the most innovative and exceptionally well-crafted pieces of art.”

Cushwa Art Scholarship Award

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies.  Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.

The museum is proud to announce the recipient of the 2020 Jean Cushwa Art Scholar, Lauren Walker.

Lauren Walker graduated from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2020 to study Art Education, Kinetic Imaging, and Communication Arts. She has participated in a wide variety of art experiences throughout high school, including being invited to the AG Youth National Fine Arts competition from 9th – 11th grade, won First Place in 2D for the Public School Art Exhibition at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, was a Student Ambassador for the Visual Arts Department of BISFA, and much more. Lauren Walker’s art teacher Todd Geiman stated, “I’ve always appreciated how Lauren would interpret project objectives, creating works both two dimensional and three dimensional, that met the required guidelines but pushed the work further, creating evocative, and personally expressive works. She is a very creative and dedicated student whose many talents have made her an asset to our school community.”