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Grants & Scholarships

The Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational assistance to its members to support their professional development: 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. 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 Fran Pennella, WJA National Grant Chairperson, at

DEADLINE:  January 31st.
Check back to apply December 1, 2017. 
  • 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, 2017 and December 31, 2017. 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 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
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 for information.

DEADLINE: June 23, 2017

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. 




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
The Carelle Grant Application will open on January 19th. 
If you have supplemental materials, attach them to your application.


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 Lisa Kim or Bernadette Mack at


The WJA is proud to offer a Female Veteran Grant in partnership with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. 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

CLICK HERE beginning March 1st to apply.



Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, 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

If you have questions about this grant, contact Isabel Cajulis at or Bernadette Mack at

Student scholarships

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, 2017 and July 31, 2018. In 2013, WJA awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 11 deserving students. 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.

Each year we award 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)
APPLICATION PERIOD: Feb 28 - April  18

The application process is conducted online through beginning February 24 and applications must be submitted by April 18. Student scholarships are paid directly to the institution.

If you have questions, contact Jenny O. Calleri, WJA Scholarship Chairperson at