The WJA-Gabriel Love Foundation™ Student Scholarship* of $5,000 is awarded to one deserving female student enrolled in design or non-design courses through a jewelry, metalsmithing program, or jewelry business 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, three images, and provide proof of enrollment. Share with students you many know who deserve a grant.
*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. For more information about WJA using the link here.
The Gabriel Love Foundation™ winner for our first Gabriel Love Foundation Scholarship with the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) in 2018 was Magan Byron who is currently attending the Gemological Institute of America's graduate program.
Magan Martin Byron, who earned her BFA in jewelry and metalworking from the University of Georgia, is currently enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and lives in Athens, Georgia. Magan's passionate submission illustrated her dedication to upholding the high standards that GIA is known for and joining a community of jewelers who are honest, knowledgeable and trustworthy on what jewelry products are sold to consumers.
Magan says, "I've come across a disturbing amount of dishonesty since I began working in this industry. If consumers aren't able to trust what they're buying, they will stop buying altogether. As a future GIA Graduate Gemologist, I will ensure that I am always 100% certain about what I'm buying and what I'm selling, and in turn would uphold the integrity of the jewelry industry within the communities that I work and live in".
If you would like to submit an application for next year's Gabriel Love Foundation™ Scholarship, go to our page at Gabriel Love Foundation™ Scholarship to start preparing your submission for 2019. As soon as the application deadlines are announced, send your submission to WJA using the link here.