In 1954, the club established an annual scholarship program for deserving art students. This evolved into the Kingsley Art Club Merit Awards. Each spring, Kingsley makes Merit Awards of $595 to six promising art students enrolled in local community colleges. A special recognition event is also held. The art faculties at American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake Community College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College, and Yuba College select the students to be honored. Receiving the Kingsley Merit Award has made a difference in the lives of many emerging artists in our community by supporting their continued education.