California College of the Arts Student Scholarship Stories

California College of the Arts Student Scholarship Stories

October 15, 2019 4 By Ronny Jaskolski


When I graduated, everybody knew by then what school they were going to be going to, and when I shook the hand of the dean of my school and he asked me where I was going, I said CCA, not knowing if I was going to go or not yet, because I hadn’t gotten the award letter, but it was an extreme relief once it came through and
it was a possibility. Getting a scholarship for CCA has really helped me and my family enjoy the experience of having such a good school be a part of my life. Knowing
that people can help me get a really quality education in the arts is really helped me
as an artist and a person and I’m really thankful. I think an arts education is important
because it teaches you critical skills that you can use in your art-making practice, but also as a person in general and that’s really crucial for making a change for the future. I’ve been here all four years, straight out I’ve been here all four years straight out of of high school, and I’ve loved every minute of it since I’ve been here. The professors, the students, the facilities, the things we’re able to do in our environment, it’s really the doorway to the culture and the artistic
community, the creative community in the Bay Area and also larger, because this is obviously
a hub for creativity in the world. I don’t really think that the scholarship just admits you to school; it kind of admits you to being able to do what you want to do for the rest
of your life. I would want to tell my donor thank you so much for making this possible for me and just allowing me to have a quality education that I care about. I had the fortune of meeting Susan Shall at the last Scholarship Dinner and we had an amazing conversation,
and I ended up drawing some letters for her. And it was incredible to put a face to the name and put a face to the money. At that moment it became so much more than money. It was just being able to hug the person that allowed you to be here was kind of unforgettable.