Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship

  • Jeffrey Frank Wacks, 1988.
    Jeffrey Frank Wacks, 1988.
  • Jeffrey Frank Wacks, 1990.
    Jeffrey Frank Wacks, 1990.
  • Corinne Ulmann. 800 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY. Oil on EIFS, 36' x 66' and 59' x 83.'
    Corinne Ulmann. 800 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY. Oil on EIFS, 36' x 66' and 59' x 83.'
  • Brook Perdigon. Woven Structure #6, 2008. Mixed media.
    Brook Perdigon. Woven Structure #6, 2008. Mixed media.
  • Lisha Bai. Undulate, National Academy, NY, 2008. Vinyl floor tiles, dimensions variable.
    Lisha Bai. Undulate, National Academy, NY, 2008. Vinyl floor tiles, dimensions variable.
  • Nicole Wood. Slow Down. Acrylic on canvas, 29" x 84."
    Nicole Wood. Slow Down. Acrylic on canvas, 29" x 84."

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship

Sponsored by the Wacks family in memory of Jeffrey Wacks, FA91

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship was established in memory of Jeffrey Wacks, an accomplished artist and musician who graduated from Washington University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting. In the fall of 1994, Jeffrey moved to New York City to immerse himself more fully in the art world. He was accepted to New York University’s Gallatin School to pursue a master’s degree with an emphasis on the intersection of art and creative writing. Shortly after beginning his studies in the fall of 1995, Jeffrey was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a dignified and courageous battle with cancer, Jeffrey died just nine months later in October of 1996 at the age of 27. His charisma, analytical mind, and passionate spirit live on through his paintings, drawings, and writings, and in the precious memories of the many friends and family who loved him. His family endowed this memorial scholarship to annually help a painting student pursue artistic interests after completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Washington University.

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship is a prestigious award that provides financial support for talented students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Communication Design, and Fashion Design. Since 1998, the scholarship has been awarded annually to one recipient, based on the quality of work in the student’s visual portfolio and an outline of the student's plans if awarded the scholarship. The scholarship is structured to engage members of the professional community in St. Louis and the surrounding region; submissions are reviewed by a juror selected each year from among distinguished curators and art administrators.

Past Recipients

Corinne Ulmann, 1998
Julia Olsen, 1999
Brook Perdigon, 2000
Lisha Bai, 2001
Jessica Kumar, 2002
Nicole Wood, 2003
Ben Durham, 2004
Kelly Furr, 2005
Nicole White, 2006
Lauren Bordes, 2007
Rose Briccetti, 2008
Jonathan Yukio Clark, 2009
Emmy Hennings Thelander, 2010
Leah Nixon, 2011
Lisa Niemiec, 2012
Rebecca Daniel, 2013
Quinlan Maggio, 2014
Catalina Ouyang, 2015
Danielle Leventhal, 2016
Adare Brown, 2017

Gifts

Gifts in memory of Jeffrey Wacks may be made through Washington University's online giving form or through the mail in care of:

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship
Attn: Lynn Giardina
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, Box 1202
St. Louis, MO 63130

For more information about the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Scholarship, contact:

Lynn Giardina
Executive Director of Development
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive, Box 1202
St. Louis, MO 63130
giardina@wustl.edu
314.935.7217