The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Announces the Jean 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.

To apply:  Please submit, no later than May 2nd, 2017, a letter of interest, a copy of your current transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor.  Make sure that your application materials include the following information to support the selection criteria:

Your complete personal data (name, address, email, etc.)

  • School and date of graduation
  • College you will attend, and start date
  • Chosen Major/Course of study
  • High School Activities:
    • Transcript and/or Grade Report:
    • Organizations and activities, including leadership positions
    • Academic and/or art honors, school awards, or recognitions:
    • Volunteer community service (note if beyond 75 hours required for Student Service Learning)
    • Community recognitions, honors or awards:
  • A brief description of your career goals in the visual arts or museum studies
  • A letter of reference from your High School art teacher or Guidance Counselor

Send complete application packet to:

Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
P.O. Box 423
Hagerstown, MD  21741

 The winner will be announced at the Public School Art Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening, May 17, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 pm, at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.


 The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts offers internships to qualified college students with an interest in Art, Art History, or Museum Studies. In an environment of supervised, hands-on learning, internships allow students to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and to contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions.  Applications are accepted in the spring of each year, for 1 summer internship position with a stipend; other volunteer internships may also be available.

Application deadline: May 2, 2017

Through her estate, Jean Cushwa and her heirs have established a program of support for a deserving college student majoring in Visual/Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Design, or Museum Studies.

The work of the Cushwa Intern will support WCMFA art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. The intern will be supervised by WCMFA professional staff. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive an overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills.

The student intern will be chosen by a Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director, and Staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art Internship Fund. The student stipend, up to $1,000 total, will be determined by the Finance Committee and based on the total number of hours worked.

To Apply:  No later than May 2, 2017, submit a letter of interest, accompanied by a copy of a current transcript, plus one letter of recommendation from a professor or counselor to:

Cushwa College Internship

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

401 Museum Drive

P.O. Box 423

Hagerstown, MD  21741

Final selection and notification will be made by May 16, 2017