Anthony Quinn Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

It isn't very often that an aspiring artist can apply for a scholarship funded by the grandson of a Mexican revolutionary who rode with Pancho Villa. (Then again, who knows — maybe it happens all the time.)

Nonetheless, that's exactly what applicants can expect when applying for the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program, which has a goal to further its founder's vision for a more "art-conscious society."

The foundation was started by the actor's widow, President Katherine Quinn, and it's impossible to talk about the foundation without referencing its namesake's incredible life story.

Born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915, he went on become an accomplished actor, painter, and writer. He also won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Quinn's life, you could say, was itself a work of art — a sprawling, unwieldy cinematic adventure led by a Renaissance man straight out of central casting. So it makes sense that his foundation exists to promote an art-conscious world that helps to enrich the mind.

Furthermore, as his foundation's vision statement notes, Quinn's unique iconography resonates with young adults. Born during the Mexican revolution during a time of conflict, poverty, and uncertainty, Quinn's rise to stardom reads like an inspiring Hollywood screenplay — with the bonus that it's all actually true.

Which brings us to the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program.

The scholarships, which range from $1,000 to $3,000, support high school students' extracurricular study of the visual arts, design, performing arts, media arts, and media arts.

These scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer, or after-school arts education program. They may not, however, be used for either secondary schools or college tuition. Winners must provide proof of acceptance to their program of choice.

As noted in the program's FAQ page, applicants must select a "nominator" who formally proposes the applicant for the scholarship. Applicants must also list a "recommendor" who endorses the applicant. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges who are practicing artists and/or arts educators whose professional expertise ranges across the spectrum of fields for which scholarships are awarded.

The application deadline is Monday, January, 5th, 2015.

Click here for IP's in-depth guide on available scholarships and the funders behind them.

(And yes, his father, an Irish-Mexican immigrant, apparently rode with Pancho Villa.)