Give to the Eleanor Mathews Endowed Art Scholarship

landscape painting by Eleanor J. Mathews
painting by Eleanor J. Mathews

Eleanor J. Mathews was born in 1894 in Chicago, Illinois. She received her early training in fine art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Later, she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also took postgraduate classes in fine art at the University of Wisconsin and at the Saugatuck School of Painting, Michigan. During this period she exhibited often in the Annual Exhibitions of the Art Students League of Chicago. She worked for the Works Progress Administration and is included in WPA: New Deal Artists. She later moved to Winter Park, Florida.

The Eleanor J. Mathews Art Scholarship Fund was established under the will of Miss Mathews with the income from her bequest awarded annually to art students of Central Florida educational institutions, including Seminole State College. The Fund is administered by the Altrusa Club of Orlando – Winter Park of which Miss Mathews was a member. 

Eligible applicants must be full-time students studying studio art and recommended by their professor. 

Success Stories

girl kneeling feeding flamingo
Marina Burgner

Marina Burgner is pursuing her Associate in Arts degree, Studio Art pathway.  She has been an active part of Seminole State's art community since 2018. Starting as an Art Club member, Marina is now the Art Club's president. Her fun activities challenge her club members. Marina has participated in the 2019 Student Art Show, has been on the president’s list each semester, and has received Seminole State College's Visual Arts scholarship. With the guidance and encouragement from Seminole State College's art professors, Marina is confident about working toward her degree in fine arts.  

As an eighth-generation Floridian, Marina has a strong passion for Florida's natural wildlife and beauty. She has a passion for birds. She shows that excitement by exploring Florida's wilderness and re-creating its beauty through her artwork by painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpting. 

Additional Information

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1055 AAA Drive
Heathrow, FL 32746

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