David Drake Memorial Scholarship

Given in memory of instructor David Drake, who passed away in December of 2007. Drake’s love of photography began in the 5th grade and it went on to become a vocation and an avocation. He graduated from The Art Center in 1954 and taught photography for 32 years at Cypress College, until he retired in 2002 as Professor Emeritus of Photography.

A student is awarded this scholarship under direction of the Department Chair and must be a continuing or transfer photography student with a focus on Black and White images.

2015 Recipient: Juan Guevara

2016 Recipient: Yoory Jung

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Jerry Burchfield Memorial Scholarship

Given in memory of instructor Jerry Burchfield, who passed away in September 2009. Burchfield received his Bachelors, Masters in Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Cal State Fullerton. He wrote several books about photography and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1981. His work was exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan. Burchfield worked with 5 other photographers on the Legacy Project at the El Toro Marine Base, and created what is believed to be the world’s largest pinhole camera and the world’s largest photograph.

A student is awarded this scholarship under direction of the Photography Department full time faculty and must be a current photography student with an emphasis in personal creative work.

2015 Recipients: Sonja Starks, Oscar Diaz, and Ulysses Sandoval

2016 Recipients: Joey Heida, and Ulysses Sandoval

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Edouard de Merlier Memorial Scholarship

Given in the memory of alumnus and Photography student Edouard de Merlier, who passed away in June 2009. Ed was a former account executive with BBDO and retired from NY to California to open a yogurt shop. He took a photography class here at Cypress College and fell in love with the medium as a means of personal expression. He was a significant presence in the program and ultimately sold the yogurt shop to pursue photography full time. He amassed a large library of images and books on photography and when he passed away he left the collection to Cypress College along with a financial endowment to establish a scholarship for students whose main interest is in Photography as an art form.

A student is awarded this scholarship under direction of the Photography Department full time faculty and must be a current photography student with an emphasis in personal creative work.

2015 Recipients: Wyman Gentry, Julie Truong, and Jakey Galdamez

2016 Recipients: David Larez-Whalen, Sandra Ulrey, and Sean Pierce

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Freddie Czerniel Scholarship for Photography

Given in the memory of alumnus and Fine Art student Mrs. Freddie Czerniel, who passed away in January 2007. Freddie enrolled at Cypress College in 1976 after her children were grown. She earned her A.A. with honors and actively participated in the Patrons of the Arts. Freddie set up the scholarship in 2004 because of her great love of the Fine Arts Division. In the words of Art Department faculty Dan Stevens, “She was great to have in all art classes because she was such an anchor — very calm, patient, and nurturing.” Eight scholarships and one cash award will be given out annually: seven scholarships of $250 will be awarded to continuing students, one in each department (Art, Art Computer Graphics, Dance, Journalism, Music, Photography, Theater). The scholarship fund will benefit students in the Fine Arts Division for the next 3 to 5 years.

A student is awarded this $250 annual scholarship under direction of the Photography Department full time faculty and must be a current photography student.

2015 Recipient: Tony Udom

2016 Recipient: Kristyna Blazkova

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Peter Varick Albrink “Hummingbird” Award

Given in memory of Peter Varick Albrink, who passed away in March 2003. He earned his BA at Carleton College (Class of ’77), and later studied at Louisville Center for Photographic Studies, and Control Data Institute.

This award alternates between the Photography and Art Departments. It is awarded to a student under direction of the Department Chair. They must be a current student enrolled in a minimum of 9 units, with a minimum gpa of 2.5, and a California resident.

2016 Recipient: John Rey

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