A 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of MJSA, the MJSA Education Foundation supports programs that help to ensure the industry maintains a qualified, competitive workforce.
BEaJEWELER, developed in partnership with New Approach School for Jewelers, introduces young people to the field of jewelry making.
It offers the following online resources:
• A BEaJEWELER video of young bench jewelers talking about why they chose to their profession.
• A page detailing a bench jeweler’s typical job duties and working environment.
• A listing of MJSA member schools that offer practical skills bench training.
• Information on how experienced jewelers can volunteer to be mentors.
BEaJEWELER has received significant financial support from a 2015 JCK Industry Fund Grant. Additional funding and in-kind support has been provided by New Approach School for Jewelers and the MJSA Education Foundation.
Since 1997, the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group, managed by the Rhode Island Community Foundation on behalf of MJSA, has generated over $180,000 to support U.S. students enrolled in jewelry design and jewelry making programs at colleges, universities, and technical schools.
In 2016, the Foundation chose four scholarship winners who are developing the kinds of practical skills that will make them productive members of the commercial jewelry industry, either as jewelry makers or designers. To see our 2016 winners, with short descriptions of their backgrounds, courses of study, and future plans, click here.
The MJSA Education Foundation creates and hosts several days of learning at MJSA events. These sessions complement attendees’ networking and trade show activities.
At MJSA Expo in New York City in March, the Foundation sponsors several traditional "sit-down" sessions as well as demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, and roundtable discussions with experts.
At MJSA ConFab in New York City in the fall, the Foundation creates a day-long workshop to build business skills for our industry’s newest jewelry makers and designers.
The Foundation annually sponsors the Future of the Industry student category awards in the MJSA Vision Awards jewelry design competition, to promote the talents of the next generation of jewelry designers.