Member Grants & Student Scholarships
The Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational assistance:
Member Grants and Student Scholarships.
Member Grants are awarded to female, professional-level WJA members in increments of $500 to be used toward professional growth. 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 Alexandra Hart, WJA National Grant Chairperson, at email@example.com.
WJA Member Grant Applications are due by January 31st.
READ THESE TERMS & CONDITIONS BEFORE APPLYING FOR A WJA MEMBER GRANT
- 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, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
- 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.
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Funds for WJA Member Grants are provided by the national organization and WJA chapters around the country.
The Carelle/WJA Member Grant in honor of
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.
WJA is prooud 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 fledling businesses. The recipient is awarded a $5000 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. Follow the link below to fill out the application and email any additional materials with your name and date of application to WJAScholarshipsGrants@gmail.com.
Check back for information on when to apply for the WJA/Carelle Member Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath.
Scholarships for students are offered in varying amounts (starting at $500) and are available to female students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch design courses with classes between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. In 2013, WJA awarded $30,000 in scholarships to eleven deserving students.
This year we are awarding scholarships 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) and
- Non-Designer Category (essay-based for those studying to be a gemologist, appraiser, watch-maker, bench jeweler, or retailer)
The application process is conducted online through www.callforentry.org.
Check back to learn more about when to apply for Student Scholarships.
With questions, please contact Lisa Slovis Mandel, WJA Scholarship Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.
Funds for WJA Member Grants are provided through direct member donations, the Tributes program, the Annual Awards For Excellence Gala raffle, our generous sponsors, and from chapters all over the country.
Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees:
Barbara Mooty-Immediate Past President, Nominating Chair
Lita Asscher-Vice President, Development Chair
Michael Kaplan-Treasurer, Nominating Committee
Krista Collins, Nominating Committee
Nicole Vivien Smith, Auction/Raffle Chair
Lisa Slovis Mandel, Scholarship Chair
Alexandra Hart-Member Grant Chair
Kristie Nicolosi, WJA Treasurer
Fran Pennella, WJA Co-VP of Membership Development
Tryna Kochanek, WJA President
Andrea Hansen, WJA President-Elect
Kendra Bridelle, WJA Immediate Past President
The Scholarship Jury consists of Lisa Slovis Mandel, Alexandra Hart and representatives of WJA from across the country representing all aspects of the field.