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Grants & Scholarships

The Women's Jewelry Association Foundation, Inc. offers a variety of scholarships and grants to support the professional growth and educational endeavors of women in the jewelry and watch industries. Funds for these programs are generously provided by our coporate partners, local WJA chapters, the annual Awards for Excellence gala, and by individual donations. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. 

 

 
 
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Make a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation to support our grant and scholarship programs.




 

MEMBER GRANTS

 

Member Grants are awarded to female, professional-level WJA members in increments of $500 to be used toward professional growth. Funds for WJA Member Grants are provided by the national organization and WJA chapters around the country. Recipients must be members in good standing. Student-level members are NOT eligible for member grants and are encouraged to apply for WJA Scholarships. If you have questions, please email Sue Elliott, WJA National Grant Chairperson, at selliott@gia.edu.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2019

The next application period begins on December 1, 2018. Please check back to apply.

 

WJA MEMBER GRANT TERMS & CONDITIONS
  • Each qualifying WJA member may submit only one (1) grant application in a twelve-month period.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the WJA Member Grant Committee, which includes jewelry industry representatives from all around the country.
  • Qualified applicants will be awarded Member Grants as the result of a random drawing conducted by the WJA Member Grant Committee.
  • Student Members of the WJA are not eligible for Member Grants and are instead encouraged to apply for WJA Student Scholarships.
  • The Member Grant Committee reserves the right to disqualify any application that does not meet the conditions for current, paid-in-full, non-student, WJA membership, is incomplete, or is received after the submission date of January 31st.
  • Grants will be for educational costs incurred between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Following verification and receipt of proof of payment for enrollment and/or materials purchased, grant monies will be distributed directly to the member who has been awarded the grant.
  • The decisions of the WJA Member Grant Committee are final.
  
 

THE GABRIEL LOVE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

 






 

The WJA-Gabriel Love Foundation Student Scholarship in partnership with Gabriel & Co. is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to a deserving female student enrolled in fine jewelry design courses (between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019). This scholarship has been established to help provide funding for students to achieve professional growth within the fine jewelry industry and in their communities at large. Consideration will be given to students who are able to clearly articulate a desire to participate in charitable efforts in the future or how they will use their career in jewelry to improve communities.

Applications for this scholarship are open to members and non-members of the Women's Jewelry Association. Applicants must complete the online application, which includes an essay, three images, and proof of enrollment.

 

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 7 - April  25

The application process is conducted online through www.callforentry.org beginning March 7 and applications must be submitted by April 25. Student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.
 

About Gabriel & Co.:

Gabriel & Co. is a New York City based jewelry design house which was founded in 1989 by brothers Jack and Dominick Gabriel. Family owned and operated, the company began in New York City and has since evolved into one of the most prolific fine jewelry brands in the U.S., sold at more than 1,200 retailers nationwide. The story of Gabriel & Co. is one of passion, integrity, service and trust. Gabriel creates beautifully unique and distinctive pieces that are designed to reflect the true beauty that is unique in all of us. Each piece is passionately designed and created as a crafted personal experience. By infusing human passion into natural elements, Gabriel creates jewelry that enhances and celebrates beauty and personal achievements. Individually numbered, each piece is as unique as the woman who wears it. Gabriel & Co. has consistently won awards since 2011 in both JCK & Instore Magazines for being one of the most innovative and best performing brands in the jewelry industry.
 
The Gabriel Love™ Foundation was created to continue Gabriel’s history of philanthropy and to expand its charitable arm. We have dedicated our work of designing and creating jewelry to realize this vision as a way to share our love of life. By donating a portion of our profits that support philanthropic efforts, we have established our pathways toward improving life and helping those who are in need to a better future.
 


 

THE CINDY EDELSTEIN JEWELRY DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP

 

 

The Women’s Jewelry Association established the Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship in memory of one of the jewelry industry’s most beloved and respected members who died suddenly in 2016 of cardiac arrest. Edelstein was a champion of the jewelry design community and especially understood the unique challenges that newcomers to the field faced. For that reason, the scholarship is targeted to emerging fine jewelry designers or artisans, and memorializes her tireless pursuit of educating, mentoring, and coaching these entrepreneurs.

In memory of Edelstein's equally unwavering commitment to WJA and the careers of women, only women who are current WJA members are eligible to apply. The recipient can pursue either design or business courses, providing they are focused on improving her artistry and/or her designer jewelry business. 

The Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship will be given annually in the amount of $5,000. If you have questions about this scholarship, contact Bernadette Mack at bernadette@womensjewelryassociation.com.

Funding

Initial funding for the scholarship comes from Cindy's own Future of Design Jewelry Education Fund; as well as from contributions by the WJA New York Metro chapter; the American Gem Trade Association; and the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group. Contributions are welcome to continue Cindy Edelstein's legacy of education and support, contact Fran Pennella at fran@benaliconsulting.com for information.

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 7 - April  25

Please fill out this form to apply: wjasf.wufoo.com. Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 25. 

ABOUT CINDY EDELSTEIN

The late Cindy Edelstein began her career as an editor at JCK Magazine. It was her years as JCK fashion editor that gave her the opportunity to fall in love with jewelry designers and their work. She founded Jeweler's Resource Bureau (JRB) in 1991 with one goal -- to support the growth of designer fine jewelry as a retail category, an art form, and a community. Over the years she and her husband, Frank Stankus, who joined JRB in 1996, built a menu of marketing and publishing services that offers expert advice, custom publications, and the kind of targeted marketing tools that designer entrepreneurs need to run their businesses most effectively. Stankus continues to operate JRB today.

In 2000, Edelstein and JRB launched the first American trade show on the craft show circuit to include international studio jewelers, called globalDESIGN. This event is held annually at the American Craft Council's American Craft Show in Baltimore each February. Stankus continues to manage globalDESIGN for JRB.

In 1990, Edelstein received the WJA Award for Editorial Excellence. In 1995, she was awarded the prestigious Benne Award by the American Jewelry Design Council. In 1996, she was the winner of the Contemporary Design Group's award as Best Designer Advocate. And in 2001 she was recognized again by WJA with an Excellence in Marketing award. 


 

THE CARELLE/WJA MEMBER GRANT IN HONOR OF BROOKE TIVOL MCGRATH

 

 

WJA is proud to offer this Carelle Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath in order to help members in their first five years of business. This grant assists women in the jewelry industry by helping them achieve their aspirations and grow their fledgling businesses. The recipient is awarded a $5,000 merit-based grant to aid in business establishment and development.

Eligible candidates must be current members of the WJA and in their first five years of business. Applicants are required to submit an essay explaining why she deserves this award. Emphasis must be placed on personal dedication and determination and reflect a positive attitude for the industry. Images are encouraged but not required. 

DEADLINE: March 3rd

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If you have supplemental materials, attach them to your application.

ABOUT BROOKE TIVOL MCGRATH

Brooke Tivol McGrath grew up with a strong background in the jewelry industry. Instead of immediately immersing herself in the family business, she chose to forge her own path and cultivate a unique perspective in New York City. In 2007, Brooke accepted the opportunity to work at Carelle under the guidance of Co-Founder and Designer, Chana Regev. Brooke proved to be an invaluable asset to the company, ultimately serving as a driving force behind the successful launch of the Carelle brand. From marketing to design, Brooke played an integral role in developing Carelle's brand identity. Brooke understood the value of joining the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), as it would firmly establish the new face of Carelle in the jewelry industry.

On January 11, 2011, at the age of 28, Brooke unexpectedly passed away due to a rare blood infection. In honor of Brooke, whose character was defined by strength, innovation, and the will to lead, Carelle has partnered with the WJA to offer a business grant for WJA Members.

If you have questions about this grant, contact Kelly Jacobson kellybjacobson@gmail.com or Bernadette Mack at bernadette@womensjewelryassociation.com.



 

FEMALE VETERAN GRANT  SPONSORED BY JEWELERS MUTUAL

The WJA is proud to offer the Female Veteran Grant in partnership with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. This merit-based grant will be awarded to a deserving US Military veteran to use towards her professional growth within the jewelry and/or watch industries. This grant was established to lend support to women veterans who continue to serve their communities through their work in jewelry.
 
Applications for this grant are open to members and non-members of the Women's Jewelry Association. Entrants will need to answer several questions and provide proof of honorable discharge with their application. 

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  15

Please fill out this form to apply: wjasf.wufoo.com. Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 15. 

ABOUT JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and loss prevention expert for nearly 10,000 jewelry business locations including retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers. More than 300,000 consumers trust Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry. To learn more, visit JewelersMutual.com.
 

If you have questions about this grant, contact Isabel Cajulis at icajulis@reedexpo.com or Bernadette Mack at bernadette@womensjewelryassociation.com.


 

Student scholarships

Scholarships for students are offered in varying amounts and are available to female students who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch courses with classes between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. Since 2012, the WJA Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships and grants. 

Student scholarships are awarded in three different categories:

  • Designer/Creator Category (based on images of finished pieces that are designed and created by the student)

  • Designer Category (based on designs by the student, includes CAD and drawings) 

  • Non-Designer Category (essay-based for those studying to be a gemologist, appraiser, watch-maker, bench jeweler, or retailer)

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 7 - April  25

The application process is conducted online through www.callforentry.org beginning March 7 and applications must be submitted by April 25. Student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.

If you have questions, contact Lisa Slovis Mandel at lisa@lisaslovis.com or 619-384-2266.
 


Event Dates: 2/14/15 – 4/16/15
Entry Deadline: 4/16/15

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Entry Fee (Womens Jewelry Association (WJA) Student Scholarship 2015-2016): $10.00

We are awarding scholarships in three different categories: 1. the Designer & Creator Category (based on images of finished pieces that are designed and created by the student), 2. the Designer Category (based on designs designed by the student, includes CAD and drawings, these pieces are not necessarily ever created), and 3. the Non-Designer Category (essay based for those studying to be a gemologist, appraiser, watch-maker, bench jeweler, or retailer).
For the First time ever, we also excited to offer an overlapping category for Women Veteran of our Armed Forces. They may apply in each of the three categories, and make sure to answer The Veteran question and upload the appropriate documentation.
Please follow the directions closely for the directions may vary depending on the category that you are applying in.

WJA DESIGNER/CREATOR CATEGORY: This category is designed for those students in a studio jewelry program who can apply with finished pieces that they designed and created themselves. You are required to provide the following to support your Scholarship Application. 1. Essay: A short essay explaining why you wish to pursue a career in jewelry or watches and your goals/aspirations for the future. 2. Images: (a) Three (3) digital images (no more) showing examples of your most recent work. Rank them in order of the most significant. (b) Provide a brief description of each of the numbered images indicating materials used, size of piece(s) and what is represented and/or significant about each piece. 3. Completed entry form. Click Apply To This Call to access and complete entry form prior to checkout. Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found at Image Prep.
WJA DESIGNER CATEGORY: This category is designed for those students in a jewelry design program who can apply with designs of their own. These may be CAD or drawings. These are not finished pieces, but rather designs. You are required to provide the following to support your Scholarship Application. 1. Essay: A short essay explaining why you wish to pursue a career in jewelry or watches and your goals/aspirations for the future. 2. Images: (a) Three (3) digital images (no more) showing examples of your most recent work. Rank them in order of the most significant. (b) Provide a brief description of each of the numbered images indicating materials used, size of piece(s) and what is represented and/or significant about each piece. 3. Completed entry form. Click Apply To This Call to access and complete entry form prior to checkout. Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found at Image Prep.
WJA NON-DESIGNER CATEGORY: This category is geared for those studying to become bench jewelers, gemologists, appraisers, retailers, and watch makers. This is essay based. You are required to provide the following to support your Scholarship Application. 1. Essay: This should be no more than 5000 characters, approximately 1000 words. Please answer the following questions within your essay: a. What program are you applying for assistance with? b. What motivated you to attend this program? c. Why do you think that you are deserving of a scholarship to help with this program? d. Explain why you wish to pursue a career in the jewelry or watch industries and your goals/aspirations for the future. e. How will the jewelry industry benefit from you receiving this scholarship? Remember the scholarship is based solely on this essay- it should be well written and somehow tell us how and why you deserve this above the other applicants. 2. Images: Not Required for the Non-Designer category. Please follow directions to upload a blank image so that your application can still be processed. 3. Completed entry form. Click Apply To This Call to access and complete entry form prior to checkout. ••• All applications are to be filled out by the applicants themselves. They agree that all information is true. Applicant may be moved between categories if the jury deems necessary. This is open to women students only.•••

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