Drue Kataoka
Drue Kataoka

Rotary Foundation
Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship

How the Scholarship Began

The tragic events of September 11 provoked Drue to create Highway Hopscotch, her 23rd limited edition commemorative print featuring a fearless child hopping over the globe. Signaling the importance of the arts in a national crisis, its urgent message touched young people around the world. Drue's 65 cross-cultural presentations involved students from Afghanistan to Kenya, Japan, the UK, Mexico and Bulgaria.

Endowing a Dream for the Arts

Highway Hopscotch was covered extensively by Bay Area media. Drue's painting of a little girl hopped into the hearts of KTVU and KRON viewers and made it all the way to the international Rotarian magazine. Leveraging the visibility and positive energy around Highway Hopscotch, Drue partnered with Rotary in a campaign that raised awareness for the arts and funds for a scholarship through the sale of her limited edition signed and numbered Highway Hopscotch prints. In 2001, with substantial funds raised, Drue and The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation endowed a scholarship in Drue's name that was exclusively for the arts.

Promoting Young People in the Arts

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation's vision for The Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship is for it to assist a talented high school senior in the visual or performing arts who has shown extraordinary creativity and who is dedicated to serving the community through art. The distinguished committee of Rotarians meets annually to award the most promising artist who is committed to pursuing a career in the arts.

For next year's application information, contact drue@drue.net

Meet Past Recipients

Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship