Amy Covey Scholarship

The Covey family, along with family and friends, endowed a scholarship to be awarded annually to a first year photography student at the Brooks Institute, where Amy was studying photography at the time of her death. The scholarship was awarded to a student who demonstrates an extraordinary work ethic and passion for photography, and also dedicates time to helping others, either fellow classmates or others within the community. Sadly, Brooks Institute closed operations in October 2016, so no more scholarships can be awarded via this program. 

Past Scholarship Winners

2014: Sara Strimpel

Sara is a presently a photographer based out of New York City specializing in beauty and editorial fashion photography.

2013: Sara Risvold

A California native, Sara completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brooks Institute, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Sarah works in communications for a healthcare company, producing a variety of visual imagery – film, photography and graphic work.   She is also a freelance photographer.

2012: Kathleen Peachey

Kathleen Peachey is a photographer based in Colorado. She photographs children, families, newborns and weddings, and works with her clients to document both the momentous and the small occasions that make up a life. She finds beauty in it all.

2011: Matthew Perko

Matthew Perko is visual artist with nearly twenty years experience creating photography, video and design for print and web. He has worked as a freelancer with numerous brands and has also worked as an in-house creative, focusing in and developing one brand. Today, Matthew runs a freelance photography and design business and also work for UC Santa Barbara in their Public Affairs and Communications office. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and son.

2010: Erin Feinblatt

Erin Feinblatt is a California-native who worked as a wildlife biologist prior to graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography. Now, Erin merges his acute observational skills with technical proficiency to produce images that are genuine and timeless. Erin specializes in lifestyle and architectural photography and videography for commercial and advertising clients worldwide.

2009: Rodrigo Palma

A classmate and friend of Amy’s, Rodrigo was the first scholarship recipient in 2009.   Rodrigo now has a still photography and video firm, Turner Palma, with his former Brooks Institute classmate Jordie Turner.  Turner Palma is a creative duo specialized in still photography and video, working out of Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City and Stockholm. Their work today is focused on making compelling and moving images for clients like Marie Claire Mexico, Maxim, Creem NY, Leica S Magazine, and others.

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