Fondation des États-Unis | Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship
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Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship

Bequeathed to the Fondation des États-Unis in the early 1930s, the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship is awarded annually to a select number of exceptional American artists and musicians who plan to pursue their studies in Paris. A scholarship is also available to one French, Swiss or American medical post-graduate specializing in psychiatry with an internship in a Parisian hospital.

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Eligibility Criteria

Artists and Musicians:

The scholarship is awarded to a maximum of four American post-graduate students in visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). The scholarship is not intended for research in art history or musicology, nor for dance or theater.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • possess American citizenship
  • be between 21 and 29 years of age
  • have graduated with high academic standing from an American college, university or professional school. Preference is given to mature students who have already done some graduate study.
  • show evidence of high-level artistic or musical accomplishment
  • propose a unique and detailed artistic project related to their field of study which requires a one-year residency in Paris. This project should include enrolment in a recognized French art or music school. It is strongly suggested that the candidate establishes contact with a teacher or institution prior to arriving in France.
  • have good moral character, personality and adaptability. They must also be in good physical health and emotional stability.
  • submit a complete and on-time application dossier. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

Post-graduates in Psychiatry:

The scholarship is awarded to one French, Swiss or American medical student specializing in psychiatry with an internship in a Parisian hospital.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • possess French, Swiss or American citizenship
  • be between 21 and 29 years of age
  • have graduated with high academic standing from a renowned international institution
  • show evidence of an exceptional capacity for professional accomplishment in the field of psychiatry
  • have good moral character, personality and adaptability. They must also be in good physical health and emotional stability.
  • submit a complete and on-time application dossier. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

 

Conditions upon acceptance:

  • The successful candidates must apply for and obtain the appropriate visa and other relevant documentation prior to their arrival at the Fondation des États-Unis. They must ensure that their legal status remains in order throughout the entire stay. To find out more about visa requirements, please visit the US State Deprtment’s website.
  • The successful candidates must show proof of valid health insurance for the upcoming academic year. Academic institutions often offer special student health insurance.  

 

Conditions during residency:

  • The scholars must pay rent in a timely manner and abide by the House Rules of the Fondation des États-Unis.
  • The scholars must use the reserved artist atelier or music room at the Fondation des États-Unis as their principle residence throughout the academic year.
  • The scholars must maintain high academic and artistic standards by regularly attending classes, and by participating in the cultural program at the Fondation des États-Unis.
  • The scholars in the field of the visual arts agree to donate an artwork to the Fondation des États-Unis, which has been created during the residency.
  • At the end of the residency, the scholars must submit a brief summary of the academic year, commenting on their progress, achievements, and academic results.

 

For further information, please contact culture@feusa.org

How to apply ?

Before applying, please ensure that you are eligible to apply for the scholarship by checking the eligibility criteria.

Deadline:

All applications and their supporting materials must be received no later than January 31st of the current academic year. Late or incomplete dossiers will not be considered.bus leo.

 

Submission details:

All files should be converted to PDF (apart from the form and photo) and numbered and named in the above order. Please submit your completed application to culture@feusa.org (using WeTransfer, Hightail or Dropbox).              

Application materials to submit:

Artists and Musicians:

 

  1. The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded here. Please insert your electronic signature or print, sign and scan the form.
  2. A passport sized photo should be inserted into the application form and also sent in JPEG format.
  3. A detailed CV.
  4. A short yet detailed statement about your project including the French school and/or instructor you intend to work with.
  5. It is highly recommended that candidates include a letter of admission to study at a French institution, including for Visa purposes.
  6. A certificate of proficiency in French signed by a qualified teacher of French. Please note that if you are not reasonably fluent, you must show a serious commitment by acquiring basic proficiency before arriving in France. It is also strongly recommended to include a letter of intent to enroll in a French language upon arrival in France.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant’s general qualifications, artistic ability and accomplishment. The letters should be typed on letterhead paper, and should be emailed by the issuer.
  8. Copies of complete and original transcripts of all colleges or universities attended with embossed seal of the issuing institution. A high definition color scan will be accepted for the initial application process. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to send the original paper copies.
  9. Examples of the applicant’s work. For visual artists, a presentation of recent works may be sent electronically (the corresponding print-outs may be requested). For musicians, please submit at least 15 minutes of music showcasing a minimum of three contrasting styles is required (the corresponding audio CD may be requested).
  10. A simple medical certificate confirming the candidates good general health. Successful candidates will be required to show proof of paid-up accident and health insurance before arrival.
  11. Proof of American citizenship i.e. a clear high definition color scan of the applicant’s passport.

 

Post-graduates in Psychiatry:

 

  1. The Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded here. Please insert your electronic signature or print, sign and scan the form.
  2. A passport sized photo should be inserted into the application form and also sent in JPEG format.
  3. A detailed CV.
  4. A short yet detailed statement about your project including the French school and/or instructor you intend to work with.
  5. A detailed description of the Psychiatry Residence. Please mention the name of the institution, the name, title and contact details of the Department Head and the duration of your Residence, as well as your professional goals.
  6. For Anglophone applicants, a certificate of proficiency in French signed by a qualified teacher of French. Please note that if you are not reasonably fluent, you must show a serious commitment by acquiring basic proficiency before arriving in France. It is also strongly recommended to include a letter of intent to enroll in a French language course upon arrival in France. Pour les candidats francophones, merci d’inclure une attestation indiquant votre niveau d’anglais.
  7. Two letters of recommendation. The letters should be typed on letterhead paper, and should be emailed by the issuer.
  8. Copies of complete and original transcripts of all colleges or universities attended with embossed seal of the issuing institution. A high definition color scan will be accepted for the initial application process. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to send the original paper copies.
  9. A simple medical certificate confirming the candidates good general health. Successful candidates will be required to show proof of paid-up accident and health insurance before arrival.
  10. Proof of American, French or Swiss citizenship i.e. a clear high definition color scan of the applicant’s passport.

Current HHW Scholars

The Fondation des États-Unis is pleased to announce the grantees of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year:

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William McClain Cravy

Double bass

William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a student of David Allen Moore. A tenured member and acting Principal Bass of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Will has played as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Colorado and Culver City Symphonies, and was featured in a 2015 Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital. He was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition, and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition (LA Phil judged), 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition, and was a finalist in the 2016 Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition. As an orchestral musician, Will has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the New World Symphony (Miami), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Juneau Symphony, as principal bass of Aspen Opera under Robert Spano and alongside his teacher in the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. Will has performed chamber music with members of the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony and has participated in the Aspen, Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College music festivals. Will is currently pursuing a master’s degree on full scholarship at USC after recently completing the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies.

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Alteronce Gumby

Visual Arts

Alteronce Gumby is an artist from New York City. He received his Masters’ in Fine Arts from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking this past May 2016. Before coming to Paris, Gumby has previously participated in international residencies such as The Dumfries House in Scotland, UK, Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria and London Summer Intensive in London, UK. Gumby has also shown internationally with various group exhibitions in New York, London and Los Angeles. Gumby’s work has evolved predominantly around the process of painting, but has also explored expression in other forms such as ceramic, poetry and performance. Gumby has arrived in Paris just after opening his debut solo exhibition in New York City at 6 Base in the Bronx, where he produced the second version of his immersive work on paper, One Way Ticket Across The Universe. While in Paris, Gumby will engage in a conceptual and metaphorical conversation with Yves Klein and the migration of African-Americans to Paris in the 20th century.

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Wilson Poffenberger

Saxophone

Saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger is quickly establishing himself as a soloist, educator, and chamber musician. As a recipient of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award, Mr. Poffenberger is living in Paris, France and studying with Jean-Michel Goury at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt.
As a soloist, Mr. Poffenberger has performed with the Dana Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, and Hagerstown Municipal Band. He has presented recitals at the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016), North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual Conference (2014), Duquesne Saxophone Day (2014), and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include first prize at the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and finalist in the 2013 Butler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
A strong advocate for new music, Mr. Poffenberger has premiered works by Guillermo Lago, Gregory Wanamaker, Robert Lemay, Alex Miller, and Aaron Lockhart. He has maintained a private studio in the Youngstown, Ohio area, providing lessons to students of all levels. Mr. Poffenberger received his Masters of Music degree from Youngstown State University and his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has performed in masterclasses with Otis Murphy, Chien-Kwan Lin, Michael Ibrahim, Timothy McAllister, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Masataka Hirano, and Christian Wirth. His primary teachers include James Umble, Keith Young, Kent Engelhardt, and Zach Shemon. Mr. Poffenberger performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.

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Zoe Walsh

Visual Arts

Zoe Walsh (b. 1989, Washington, DC) earned their M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2016 and their B.A. in Art History and the Visual Arts from Occidental College in 2011. At Yale, Walsh was awarded the Al Held Travel Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2015. They were granted a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship through the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France for the 2016-2017 academic year. Walsh’s work has been exhibited at venues such as Abrons Art Center, New York, Yve YANG Gallery, Boston and Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles. They will have a solo exhibition of their work at the Fondation des États-Unis in 2017. While in Paris, Walsh is exploring the intersections of the Romantic movement in French painting and interfaces between interior and exterior spaces in Le Corbusier’s architecture.

HHW Alumni

We are incredibly proud of our distinguished alumni and want to help honor and strengthen the ties made between colleagues, teachers, and friends. You may consult the complete list of Harriet Hale Woolley scholars here

 

In order to reconnect with fellow alumni please see here. To make a gift to the Fondation, which will directly benefit current and future Woolley scholars, please click here

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