The Women's Jewelry Association Foundation 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 corporate 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.

Annual Amount

$5,000 THE GABRIEL LOVE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

$5,000 — THE CINDY EDELSTEIN JEWELRY DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP

Varies STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Additional Selection Criteria

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 design or non-design courses through a jewelry or metalsmithing program at an accredited college, university, or training school (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 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 and proof of enrollment.

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30


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.

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30

Student scholarships

  • How it works:
    The WJA Foundation provides scholarships to female-identifying students enrolled in jewelry or metalsmithing programs at an accredited college, university, or training school between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Recipients are selected by a jury in early June and are awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000.

    Scholarships are awarded in three categories:

    • Designer/Creator (based on images of finished pieces that are designed and created by the student)
    • Designer (based on designs by the student, includes CAD and drawings)
    • Non-Designer (essay-based for those studying to be a gemologist, appraiser, watchmaker, bench jeweler, or retailer)

Due to fund regulations, scholarships are paid directly to the school. Recipients must submit their bill(s) to WJA Headquarters, and a check will be send directly to the instution.

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30




Application Process

THE GABRIEL LOVE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

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 and proof of enrollment.

 APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30

The application process is conducted online through www.callforentry.org beginning March 1 and applications must be submitted by April 30. Student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.  Click here for more information and to apply. 

THE CINDY EDELSTEIN JEWELRY DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP

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.


APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30
Please fill out this form to apply: wjasf.wufoo.com. Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 30.


STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Application Criteria:

  • Female or female-identifying student
  • Enrolled in a jewelry or metalsmithing program at an accredited college, university, or training school within the United States

*Student applicants are NOT required to be members of WJA but are encouraged to join for free by clicking here.

To apply:
Applications can be submitted through www.callforentry.org from March 1 through April 30, 2019. Application fee is $10.  Click here to apply by March 31 and your application fee will be waived!  Use promo code EARLY2019.

Questions:
Contact Lisa Slovis Mandel, Scholarship Chair, at lisa@lisaslovis.com or 619-384-2266.





Deadline

April 30, 2019

For the application or more information go to:
https://www.womensjewelryassociation.com/grantscholarships#Gabriel