The 2012 Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Clarke County High School senior James Benjamin Cochran by the Clarke County Historical Association (CCHA). The Association gives the $5,000 award annually to a deserving student who will be majoring in the fine arts at the university level. The scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate Sarah “Sally” Trumbower, who served as the CCHA President for 15 years and was a founder of the Art at the Millshow, now in its 21st year. A portion of the proceeds from the semi-annual show helps fund the scholarship. Since 2004, CCHA has awarded $33,750 in scholarship money through this fund!
Mr. Cochran is the son of James and Patricia Cochran of Berryville and was one of two exceptional candidates who applied for the scholarship. He presented an in-depth scope of work, with a focus on oil painting and illustration. He referenced painters such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte as influences, and his geometric, surrealistic style of work echoed this. In addition to the high quality of his work, the selection committee was extremely impressed with Mr. Cochran’s articulation in describing his work and what inspires it. He also displayed his work at the IB student art show, led by CCHS IB Art teacher Kathy Campbell and held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill late last month.
Mr. Cochran carries a 4.3 grade point average and is a member of the National Honors Society, Cross Country and Track teams, Debate Team, and is an IB diploma recipient. He has worked as a camp counselor for a sports-related summer program for young children and as an intern at Berryville Graphics.
Mr. Cochran will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art this fall where he plans to major in the Fine Arts in preparation for a career in illustration.