The Jesse England Scholarship was established to provide an educational opportunity annually to USD 417 seniors and alumni students pursuing a two or four year college/tech school degree with preference, but not limited to fine arts.
Jesse was a 2002 graduate of Council Grove High School. Shortly after high school, he came upon glass art, which propelled his life vision. He then sought the only university in Kansas to offer a glass degree. In 2007, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Glass from Emporia State University. Eager to pursue his passion, he went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Glass at the University of Texas, Arlington, TX in 2013.
Throughout his lifetime, he was awarded numerous scholarships and grants for artistic excellence. Jesse was an accomplished, professional glassblower but often expressed himself through other “blue collar” materials such as torch-cut steel and chainsaw carved wood. The significance of his upbringing was evident in his artist portfolio where he often paid homage to his grassroots. He was a generous individual who was dedicated to sharing his passions with the world. He made a home with the love of his life and fellow artist, Minhi England, where they built a glass studio in Seattle, WA. The couple collaborated artistically, and in life, creating what he referred to as their “third voice.” Through their partnership, Jesse became an integral part of the glass and art community in Seattle.
The application period for this scholarship will be Feb 1 - May 2022.