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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 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. 

Funding Programs Offered: Application Period: Amount of Award:
2020 Relief Grant 6/23/20 - 7/5/20 $2,000
Member Grants 12/1/20 - 1/31/21 $500
The Carelle Grant in Honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath 9/1/21 - 10/15/21 $5,000
Female Veteran Grant Sponsored by Jewelers Mutual 9/1/21 - 10/15/21 $5,000
The Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship 3/1/21 - 4/30/21 $5,000
The Gabriel Love Foundation Scholarship 3/1/21 - 4/30/21 $5,000
Student Scholarships 3/1/21 - 4/30/21 $1,000-$7,000
Scholarship Recipient Lotanna Egwuatu
Click here to view 2019 grant and scholarship winners.

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


2020 Relief GRant


The WJA Foundation is pleased to announce that it is utilizing the generous contributions it received from its 2020 Giving Tuesday Now campaign to directly support our membership in reopening their businesses. The WJA Foundation is offering a one-time, need-based Relief Grant to help support members of WJA with small businesses who have been negatively impacted by COVID and closures.

Grant criteria includes:

  • Applicants must be female/female-identifying members of WJA
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a loss of income between March and June 2020 and disclose any other funding received to assist with their reopening
  • Applicants are required to submit a brief application detailing the negative impacts on their business and how the funds will be used to help them reopen

BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply.

WJA is no longer accepting applications.



Member Grants are awarded to female or female-identifying, 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.

We are pleased to share that proceeds from the 2020 WJA NorCal Chapter Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will fund additional WJA member grants in 2021 specifically designated for BIPOC applicants (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color). BIPOC WJA members from any WJA chapter are encouraged to apply for these opportunities and are eligible to be selected for all of WJA's 2021 member grants.

Recipients must be members in good standing. Student-level members are NOT eligible for member grants and are encouraged to apply for WJA Scholarships. A member may only receive one member grant from the organization in a calendar year.

If you have questions, please email Rachel Jurisz, WJA Membership & Operations Manager, at


This application is currently closed.

  • 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, 2021 and December 31, 2021. 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 WJA Foundation reserves the right to retract from any applicant or grant winner that violates the terms and conditions.




WJA is proud to offer the Carelle Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath. This is a $5,000 start-up grant intended to support someone that is new to the jewelry industry and is launching their first business. This grant is not intended for an established member of the industry who is starting a new business.

Eligible candidates must be current members of the WJA and in their first five years in the jewelry industry. Applicants are required to submit an essay explaining why she deserves this award, plus images of their jewelry and/or business. Emphasis must be placed on personal dedication and determination and reflect a positive attitude for the industry. This year's winner will be asked to be a member of Carelle/WJA Grant jury in the following year.

This application is currently closed.


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 Rachel Jurisz at



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.

Click here to read a USA Today article on 2016 Veteran Grant recipient Tara Hutchinson.
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. 

This application is currently closed.


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

If you have questions about this grant, contact Rachel Jurisz at





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 Rachel Jurisz at

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30, 2021

Click HERE to apply as of March 1st.


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 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, 2021 and July 31, 2022). 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 is part of the student scholarship application and selection process.


APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30, 2021

This award is part of the student scholarship application and selection process, which can be found HERE. 

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.


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, 2021 and July 31, 2022. 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 email their bill(s) to WJA Headquarters, and a check will be send directly to the instution.


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.

If you have questions about student scholarships, contact Lisa Slovis, Scholarship Chair,
 at or 619-384-2266.

APPLICATION PERIOD: March 1 - April  30, 2021

Click HERE to apply from now through April 30th.
Use promo code EARLY21 to waive your $10 application fee through April 16th.