Youth Grants


Poole BarkerSCA’s Memorial Fund for Education was established in 2014 as part of SCA’s ongoing educational mission. The initial funding was given in memory of Poole Barker, a young exhibiting member of SCA, who came from a family of artists and creators, and was a dedicated artist in her own right. We hope that Poole’s spirit of creativity, joy and exploration will live on in these grants

Since its creation, the fund has grown and been sustained by generous gifts. Most recently a major gift was received in memory of Pamela Lovell, an artist, creative force and lifelong educator. Originally from England, Mrs. Lovell spent most of her adult life in New Jersey, where she taught both children and adults, and passed on her love of making. It would have brought her great joy to support this youth grant, because arts education meant so much to her.

We gratefully acknowledge the following generous donors whose gifts support and sustain this fund:

Alfred N. Watson Family Foundation
Rachel and Nathaniel Barker
Susan Barker
Jane Gordon Brayton
Henry Drinker
Tracy and Peter Greenwood
Maurice Lovell
Susan Nelson
Elizabeth Waring
Susan and Keith Watson

If you would like to contribute in honor or memory of a loved one, you may send a check made out to “South Coast Artists” to SCA, PO Box 3716 Westport, MA 02790. Please write “Memorial Education Fund” in the memo. Or you can click the “Donate” Button and Donate through PayPal.


We invite emerging young artists who are current students between the ages of 16 and 21 and who live in or study in the towns of Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts; and Tiverton and Little Compton, Rhode Island to apply for the Youth Grant between June 1 and December 15 of each year.

Thanks to the generous contributions of SCA supporters of the SCA Youth Grant, we are pleased to announce our 2021 Grant amount has increased to $1,000. We encourage SCA members to spread the word to eligible students, teachers and educators, so our grant will have the best impact on young artistic members of our communities.

Download an Application Form here.

Download a Nomination Form here.

Download Youth Grant FAQs here. 

Previous Winners

Through its Youth Artist Grant awards, SCA encourages emerging talent in art by giving students financial support toward a project or goal. To learn more, contact us at

Meghan Camarao

Meghan Camarao, is the 2020 winner of SCA’s Youth Grant for emerging artists. Meghan is the second student from Dartmouth to win this competitive award. She will use the grant to purchase software and attend a RISD class on animation, so she will have the tools to execute an animation series featuring her work on world building. This will help prepare her for her intended career path and aid in preparing her portfolio.

Morgan D'AmaralMorgan D’Amaral

Westport High School student, Morgan D’Amaral, is the first student from Westport to win this competitive award. She will use the grant to purchase materials and equipment that will help her delve more deeply into creating characters for storylines. This will help prepare her for her intended career path in illustration, story development, and graphic novels.

Michele ShermanMichele Sherman

Dartmouth High School senior, Michele Sherman, is the 2018 winner of its Youth Grant. Michele is an exceptional art student, who is busily preparing her college portfolio, while completing her second advanced placement art class. She will use the grant to purchase materials and equipment that will help her delve more deeply into the study of color. This will help prepare her for her intended career path in digital design and animation. As a grant winner, Michele will also be invited to exhibit one of her works in the South Coast Artists Spring Invitational to be held at Gallery at Four in Tiverton Four Corners.

Jacob WoodJacob Wood

Tiverton student-photographer Jacob Wood, the 2017 recipient of an SCA Youth Artist Grant, will use the grant to learn more about his craft by working with Boston-based photographer and fine arts printmaker, William Morse. Jacob will receive individualized Photoshop and light room training as well as printer and computer training to take his work to the next level. Jacob is looking toward a career in art photography and hope to prepare for a solo exhibition of his work.

Sebastian Vieira

Sebastian Vieira

photo: Desiree Fournier

Tiverton student-artist Sebastian Vieira, the 2016 recipient of an SCA Youth Artist Grant, is pursuing both the art and science of creating objects on a 3-D printer. As a junior at the East Bay MET, Sebastian’s interest was sparked when he learned how to use 3-D printer software to create attachments for a commercially designed prosthetic hand. His SCA grant helped cover the cost of a summer course in Three-Dimensional Design at RISD. Sebastian is looking toward a career in sculpture, architecture, industrial or environmental design.

Maxwell Peckham

Max PeckhamSCA launched its Youth Artist Grants Program in 2015 with an award to Maxwell Peckham of Little Compton, RI.  While in high school, Maxwell began experimenting with metals, smelting and casting processes, by melting down lead sinkers and roof flashings.  As his interest developed, he decided to seek training from a master Blacksmith in Mississippi. During his intensive one-on-one seminar, Max learned how to forge his own tools by hand, using traditional techniques to create useful and also beautiful objects. Max’s grant helped to fund his trip.


SCA’s Memorial Education Fund provides grants for motivated high school students to explore their artistic potential beyond the everyday classroom setting. The cash award helps defray the costs of a student’s self-designed artistic goal, and dovetails with the overarching mission of SCA, Inc. by creating opportunities for discovery, self-expression, and appreciation of the arts.