Scholarship available to art students

March 8, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — The Barbara Fliesbach McAlister scholarship is awarding one $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors or current junior college students planning to study art at a higher college in the near future. The applicant must be a resident of western Nebraska or eastern Wyoming. The scholarship may be used at any junior college, four-year college, university or trade school with an accredited art department.

Application forms are available at West Nebraska Arts Center, 106 E. 18th St. in Scottsbluff, or online at www.thewnac.com. Applications must be postmarked on or before Monday, April 1. The decision will be made by a committee at WNAC and notification of the winner will be made on or before Friday, April 26. For questions regarding the application process, students may contact West Nebraska Arts Center Executive Director Michele Denton at 308-632-2226 or email michlele@thewnac.com.

“What an honor to be working with the G.A. Fliesbach Foundation (through Oregon Trail Community Foundation) to find a recipient for this special scholarship,” Denton said in a press release. “The Fliesbachs are longtime and generous supporters of West Nebraska Arts Center and our community and to help further someone’s art career is both a pleasure and an honor.”

Barbara Fliesbach McAlister was born in Nevada in 1918. She grew up in Scottsbluff, being raised by her aunt and uncle, Harry and Grace Weybright Fliesbach. She attended Pasadena City College, majoring in art. She also studied ballet and performed in several productions. Fliesbach was a gifted artist and studied watercolors with Milford Zornes, well-known watercolorist and teacher. After Fliesbach’s passing in 2015, her family wished to start a scholarship fund for students interested in pursuing higher education in the arts as a way to honor her memory.