Scholarships & Awards

Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship

Yefim Cherkis was a dedicated photography student at City College of San Francisco who, in 1994, tragically lost his life at the age of twenty.

Yefim’s passion for photography and presence in the departmental community was an inspiration to his fellow students. After his untimely death the Photography Department decided to honor him by establishing a bi-annual merit award: The Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship.

Since 1994, the Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship has continued to assist talented photography students in our community. The scholarship has been generously endowed and supported by Yefim’s family and friends.

Portfolio submissions are solicited by the department each semester and an award of $500 is given to the student whose work is judged superior based on concept, creativity, and technical mastery. Submissions for the Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship will be due in the week immediately prior to finals week of the current semester. Information regarding submission requirements will be posted in the later half of the current term.

Previous Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship Recipients:

Spring 2017
Adam Field

Fall 2016
Simone Mancini

Spring 2016
Joseph Johnston

Fall 2015
Adrienne Johnson

Spring 2015
Suzanne Notario

Fall 2014
Kristina Davis

Spring 2014
Joseph Wang


Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship was established by the ESL Department in memory of the late and beloved Barbara Stewart, an ESL instructor and photography enthusiast. Each semester, a Beginning Photography (PHOT 51) student is awarded a $250 merit-based scholarship in her honor. Information regarding submission requirements and submission dates will be posted in the later half of the current term.

Previous Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship Recipients:

Spring 2017
Scholarship Recipient: Marissa Santini
Honorable Mentions:
MJ Lee
Jakov Leskur
Dania Meza
Joshua Oakley

Fall 2016
Scholarship Recipient: Mary McMonigle
Honorable Mentions:
Kelly Conner
Soyoung Lee
Brittany Malm
Grace Norcini

Spring 2016
Scholarship Recipient: Stephanie Riado
Honorable Mentions:
Maria Matua
Kasumi Suzuki
Randy Wittorp
Jin Zhang

Fall 2015
Scholarship Recipient: Jiamin Zen
Honorable Mentions:
Laif Gilberts
Kristin Masciorini
Neha Rameja
Yancy Yesovitch

Spring 2015
Scholarship Recipient: Chloe Ginnever
Honarable Mentions:
Judith Dara Epstein
Thuy Mai
Molly Matutat
Hilda Scheib

Fall 2014
Scholarship Recipient: Iedryn Orozco
Honorable Mentions:
Chakrit Amoraseth
Shreemoyee Kanungo
Aleksandr Piksaykin
Susan Shao
Liu Wenbin

Spring 2014
Scholarship Recipient: Bongani Masimla
Honorable Mentions:
Kristina Davis
Oscar Estrada
Dragonsani Renteria
Jones Wong