keith walski
Keith Walski, a Rancho Cotate High School graduate, is one of just 15 student artists worldwide to win a Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship for 2015.

A photographer, Walski, 18, will be awarded $60,000 to study at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design for four years.

“This year’s selection of scholars reflects a wide range of voices working to better understand the world they will inherit,” said Redford in a statement. “This program provides them with an environment for experimentation and exploration, and I wish them well on the journey ahead.”

The scholarship program is funded by the university but the scholars are chosen by Redford together with the Milagro Initiative, a nonprofit that was founded to support creative training in the arts.

Other scholarship winners came from locations including Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Massachusetts and Colorado.