Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1991, the Oil Painters of America is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of representational art. Oil Painters of America (OPA) offers four $500 scholarships appropriately named after its founding member, Shirl Smithson. The Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarships are open to all current Associate members.
Susanna Aitchison MacSporran Memorial Scholarship
Susanna Aitchison MacSporran, “Susie,” was born on December 18, 1949, in Virginia. She showed promise early on with precocious charcoal drawings of horses and enthusiastic participation in the high school art club. Encouraged by her parents to find a way to make a living, she pursued a career in nursing after graduating from the Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. In 1970 she graduated from the Louse Obici School in Virginia. Her internships while in school took her to New York City, where she ultimately settled as a pediatric nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.