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O'Keefe Scholarship

One opportunity can change everything.

Patrick O’Keefe, Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse Art Director and APW grad, has partnered with Animation Portfolio Workshop and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada to offer the O’Keefe Scholarship. The O’Keefe Scholarship is granted annually to one student who best meets the specific financial and artistic eligibility criteria for this opportunity.

The O’Keefe Scholarship consists of full tuition for one Session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop. Patrick O’Keefe will also provide a private online mentoring component for the scholarship recipient, consisting of one session per month for the duration of the APW Session. Gwartzman’s Art Supplies will supply the successful applicant with all required art materials free of charge for the duration of the APW Session.

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Tuition

Tuition

The scholarship covers the full tuition of the 2020/2021 Session

Mentoring

Mentoring

One session per month with Patrick O'Keefe for the duration of the session

Art Supplies

Art Supplies

All art supplies are provided by Gwartzman's Art Supplies

 

“Whether it is commercials, games, comic covers or film it all begins with an understanding of drawing and design that I learned at APW – which changed the way I look at the world and taught me how to express my creative ideas.”

Patrick O’Keefe

O'Keefe Scholarship 2020 - Great opportunity 22020 was a good year for Labeeba Sharara from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto.  As the first recipient of the O’Keefe Scholarship, Labeeba has recently completed both APW Online and her personal online mentoring sessions with Patrick O’Keefe.  Also, Labeeba’s character was chosen as the 4th prize winner in the 2020 APW Character Design Contest. Labeeba visits one of the best art supply stores in Toronto – Gwartzman’s Art Supplies, for her free art supplies.

O’Keefe Scholarship FAQ

Who Can Apply?
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 16 to 18 years of age (if you will turn 16 by Sept, you can still apply!)
  • Be registered as a current youth mentor or mentee within any Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada agency.
  • Must not be enrolled in or have completed a full-time visual arts program
  • Complete phase 1 of the application process through the “Apply Now” section by the deadline of July 15, 2021 at 5pm ET.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in phase 1 of the application process will be contacted directly by the APW team for phase 2 of the process and will be required to:
    • Submit a one-page written component describing their artistic aspirations
    • Submit 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) pieces of original art in any medium.
  • Submit all application material by the scholarship application deadlines to be considered
  • THE RECIPIENT OF THE O’KEEFE SCHOLARSHIP MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND APW ONLINE SESSION II CLASSES FOR FULL WEEKENDS STARTING SEPTEMBER 11 2021 TO FEBRUARY 6 2022
O’Keefe Scholarship Info
The O’Keefe Scholarship covers the full tuition of the 2021/2022 Online Session II of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.
Patrick O’Keefe will also provide a private mentoring component (via Skype) for the scholarship recipient, consisting of one session per month for the duration of the Fall Session.
Gwartzman’s Art Supplies will supply the successful applicant with all required art materials free of charge for the duration of the APW Session

Full tuition fee for regular 38-week online session is $4,950.00 CDN. The Scholarship is not transferable to another year and can only be used for the Fall Workshop that falls within the same calendar year in which the scholarship recipient has been chosen.

Application Process
  • YOU MUST BE registered as a current youth mentor or mentee within any Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada agency in order to apply for this scholarship.
  • Complete phase 1 of the application process by filling out and submitting the Application Form section on the O’Keefe Scholarship page on the BBBS website by the deadline of July 15, 2021 at 5pm ET.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in phase 1 of the application process will be contacted and directed to participate in phase 2 of the application process. You will be required to:
    • Submit a one-page written component describing your artistic aspirations
    • Submit 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) pieces of original art in any medium.
  • Submit all application material by the scholarship application deadlines to be considered (See Application Deadline section)
Who Is Patrick O’Keefe?

Patrick O’Keefe is a Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based illustrator and art director. He began his artistic pursuit while attending Northern Secondary School in Toronto. At the behest of his high school art teacher, Mr. Steve MacNaughton, and in preparation for his post-secondary studies, Patrick enrolled in the Animation Portfolio Workshop (APW). After working with APW directors Gerard Sternik and Vincent Peets, Patrick soon discovered that this program would become the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of art, hard work, and mentorship that would lay the foundation of discipline for a career as a commercial artist.

After completing the APW program, Patrick studied illustration at Sheridan College before transferring to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where he received his Bachelor of Media Arts in Film and Animation Design.

Most recently, Patrick served as an art director on Sony Pictures Oscar winning animation feature film Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in December 2018

Scholarship Background
The idea for the scholarship arose from Patrick’s desire to give back to the community that gave so much to him. As a teenager, Patrick had the drive to pursue his craft, but not necessarily the means. The goal of the O’Keefe Scholarship is to find those in a similar position and eliminate the financial barrier that could possibly prevent a rising artist from achieving their goals, as well as to create an ongoing mentorship to open up a dialogue between emerging and establishing artists.
Who are the Partners ?
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Application Deadlines

July 15 at 5pm EST / application to BBBS of Canada must be submitted

July 30th at 11:59 pm EST / deadline for submission of artwork and short written portion of application

August 13 / O’Keefe Scholarship recipient is notified

August 16 / deadline for submission of chosen artwork for verification of authenticity

August 20 / O’Keefe Scholarship recipient announced

September 11 / APW Online Session 2 course begins for Scholarship recipient

Monthy mentoring schedule is arranged between Pat O’Keefe and Scholarship recipient after September 11 2021 start date of Online Session II classes.

THE RECIPIENT OF THE O’KEEFE SCHOLARSHIP MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND APW ONLINE SESSION II CLASSES FOR FULL WEEKENDS STARTING SEPTEMBER 11 2021 TO FEBRUARY 6 2022

Digital artwork by Patrick O’Keefe

 

To apply for the O’Keefe Scholarship, you must be registered as a current youth mentor or mentee within any Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada agency.

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