Are you a female student interested in designing jewelry or watches after college? The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) offers a couple of different financial assistance plans. The WJA offers both scholarships and member grants to female students to help empower them in the jewelry and watch industry.
If you are a design student who fits this description, you can apply for a scholarship through WJA in one of several categories. These are Designer/Creator, Designer, and Non-Designer (for those pursuing a career such as appraiser or gemologist). The application process for each category is unique. Scholarship amounts vary, but start out at $500, and may range as high as $7,000. Last year, the WJA gave out $30,000 to 11 students. If you are a member of the WJA, you also have the option of applying for a grant. Grants are dispersed in amounts of $500, and must be used to further professional growth in the jewelry industry. There is also a special $5,000 grant known as the Carelle Grant in honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath. This grant is available to members who are in their first five years of business. Selection is based off of an essay where you must explain why you deserve the grant. The deadlines for each type of scholarship and grant vary.