Three Barrett students receive Zelma Basha Salmeri Honors Art Scholarship

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August 30, 2019

Three creative Barrett students have received the Zelma Basha Salmeri Honors Art Scholarship which recognizes the talents of honors students with financial need who show artistic achievement and promise.

Lucas Chiu,Tatum James and Asli Bulut submitted portfolios with a variety of art styles.

Lucas Chiu



Chiu, an architecture major, mostly focused on Chinese brush painting throughout his life, until he got to high school and explored other forms and mediums in art class, such as graphite and ink pens. His portfolio reflected the diversity of his capabilities.

“I especially like sketching and hope to continue it as an architecture major,” he said.

Chiu took a leap of faith in applying for this scholarship.

“I decided to apply because art had been a passion of mine that I knew would unlock unique scholarship opportunities besides just academics,” he said. “Knowing that, I also knew Barrett would provide more scholarships unique to its students. Putting those two together, I came across the Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Scholarship, and I decided to take a shot at it and see if I would win.”

When Chiu got the email informing him of his scholarship win, he said he couldn’t believe he was chosen, considering all the people who applied. It definitely gave him a boost of confidence in his own abilities as an artist. He said he’ll put the money toward supplies and tools he’ll need for sketching, measuring and other work in his architecture major.

To James, this scholarship was exactly what she had been looking for and she submitted a collection of personal photography pieces with her application..

Tatum James



“I taught myself how to use Photoshop when I was about ten years old, and organically fell into photography,” she said. “While I ran a business for five years that specialized in weddings and school portraits, what I enjoy most is travel photography and playing with self-portraiture.”

James, who plans to graduate in May 2020 with majors in Spanish linguistics and global studies, said that the art scholarship will allow her to cut back on working during the school year and focus on her studies and career goals.

“As a first-generation college student that has had to work throughout school and summers, I am always looking for scholarships that will help lessen the financial burden of college tuition,” she said. “So, when I came upon an award that was art based, I felt like I could have a chance.”

Tatum James self portrait

A self portrait by Tatum James.


“Currently, I am working on my honors thesis and applying for a Fulbright grant to teach English in Spain next fall,” she said. “It feels incredible to receive an award for something that I am so passionate about!”

Bulut, an industrial design major, submitted photos of products she designed and 3D art.

“I knew that my biggest strengths are art and creativity,” she said. “I feel more comfortable expressing myself in the form of art rather than putting thoughts into words.” 

Asli Bulut art

Designs by Asli Bulut


Since she was confident in her art work and needed financial support, she felt she was a good fit for an art-specific scholarship. 

“The Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Scholarship was the best opportunity in that sense,” Bulut said. “That’s why I applied for this scholarship.”

Bulut said she dreams of becoming a famous designer who will eventually make a difference with her designs.



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