Walter A. Sharp, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


On August 28th 2006, the Photographic Arts Society lost a dear friend, Walter Sharp. Walt has been a PAS member since the beginning. Walt was a fine photographer and was always eager to share his vast knowledge of photography with the group. This scholarship is awarded in Walt's memory as a tribute to his great talent and his eagerness to share it with others.

Every year, the Photographic Arts Society awards the Walter A. Sharp, Jr. Memorial Scholarship to someone who has an active passion for photography as an artist expression and is actively seeking a degree towards that end.

Deadline for the annual Photographic Arts Society Walter A. Sharp, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is June 1st 2017. Submission Criteria & Application Form


Our 2017 scholarship recipient was Art Institute of Chicago student Emily Holzinger. At our August 17, 2017 meeting she presented her current portfolio and discussed her future aspirations as a professional photographer. View Emily's SlideShow. Here's some pictures from the event:





Our 2015 scholarship recipient was Plainfield Central High School graduate Alana Harmon. At our July 16, 2015 meeting she presented her submission work and discussed her passion, focus and process. Seriously studying and pursuing art and photography since childhood she has earned several awards in arts and academics. She will be currently continuing her studies at Joliet Junior College and aspires to transfer to an art college to pursue photojournalism. View Alana's SlideShow. Here's a couple of pictures from the event:




Our 2013 scholarship recipient was University of St. Francis student Egzon Shaqiri. At our July 18, 2013 meeting he presented his work entitled "Now and Then", reflecting the changes in the landscape of downtown Joliet. Here's a picture from the event:


Our 2012 scholarship recipient was high school student Anthony Soave. View Anthony's SlideShow.


Our 2011 scholarship recipient was Paul Bergstrom. Paul started taking photographs when he was 7 years old. It was his father that initially got him interested. He then gained interest by just taking pictures, and then taking classes in high school with some very influential teachers. After doing some work for some local newspapers, he is attending Columbia College in Chicago. We honored him at our July meeting. View Paul's SlideShow. Here are a couple of pictures from the event: