Every year, talented students from across the United States look to MJSA for help in realizing a shared dream: to have a successful career in designing and making jewelry. And thanks to the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group, the association can provide the financial support they need.
The Scholarship Group consists of five permanent endowment funds managed by the Rhode Island Community Foundation on behalf of MJSA and the Foundation. Money generated by these funds provides support to U.S. students enrolled in jewelry design, jewelry making, or other jewelry-related degree programs at colleges, universities, and technical schools. Several awards of $500 to $3,000 are given every year. Since 1997, the Foundation as awarded over $190,000 to students interested in pursuing professional careers.
Any student enrolled in a jewelry program, who intends to pursue a career in the jewelry industry and can demonstrate financial need, is eligible to apply. Applicants are assessed on the basis of course of study, academics, career plans, recommendations, and industry experience. Students must be U.S. citizens.
For application eligibility and content inquiries, contact:
Donor Services Administrator
1-401-427-4011 or E-mail
Pursuing her studies in the Graduate Jeweler program at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California. Expected certification completion: May 2017.
Chan “dreams of expressing new artistic forms in jewelry and of taking [her] designs globally.” Her designs have already received recognition, including Division and Best of Show awards at the 2013 Orange County Fair, and she was a finalist in the 2015 Swarovski Crystal contest sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. Ultimately, she would like to work as a bench jeweler for a company while selling her jewelry online.
About the jewelry pictured: Jasmine Chan’s Seer necklace is hand-fabricated from Swarovski Crystal glass beads and gold- and silver-plated copper wire. When she first created the wire-weaving necklace in 2013, it was a pendant representing a vase with handles. However, she wanted to add layers of depth, so she kept expanding outward until she had encased several crystals in wire. She completed the final design in 2016.
Pursuing her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Maine College of Art. Expected graduation: Spring of 2020.
Emily Jerome says she started making jewelry in fifth grade, creating "my own joy in the times of hardship, taking on a more loving meaning of the old saying about the ‘tortured artist.’” Jerome is eager to explore novel genres and learn “new ways to see the beauty in this world.”
About the jewelry pictured: Emily Jerome’s “Under the Sea” earrings were created using sea glass and copper. The earrings have perforations in the copper, inspired by the pores of the coral. The shade of the sea glass evokes the deep green color of the fish Jerome’s grandfather used to catch in Lake Erie.
Pursuing an associate’s degree in Jewelry Technology, as well as a graduate degree in Gemological Sciences and CAD/CAM Certification at the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. Expected graduation: December, 2017.
Molly Robinson’s experience includes selling jewelry in various galleries and at trade shows, as well as operating an online jewelry store. After graduation, she intends to work as a bench jeweler and to continue her gemological education. Eventually, she’d like to work “with estate jewelry, get mining experience, and become a professional gem hunter.”
About the jewelry pictured: Molly Robinson’s Orange Sunset bracelet was made with sunstone briolettes, Czech glass, non-tarnish brass wire, chain, and faceted glass. She enjoys gemstones that display different optical effects, and the briolettes inspired the use of color associated with the sunset—deep oranges with a hint of blue and yellow.
Pursuing a BFA in Metal and Jewelry Design from the Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she is entering her junior year in the Metals and Jewelry Design program. Expected graduation: Spring of 2019.
Sidnee Tyree began creating wire jewelry as a hobby a few years ago, then taught herself basic metalsmithing; her love for the craft soon led her to pursue further education. Tyree hopes to apply her own style with wire to other mediums and materials, creating "inimitable adornments that make people feel unique and special,” and to open a program one day where underprivileged and troubled youth can learn and practice an art form of their choice.
About the jewelry pictured: Sidnee Tyree’s Crystal Roots pendant features a topaz, tourmaline, sapphire, and three 3 mm amethysts wrapped in .925 silver and 14k gold fill wire. The pendant was created with wires of different gauges, which were twisted around one another. It’s a representation of Earth’s immensity and beauty. “Its purpose is to remind the viewers to respect and cherish Mother Nature and not to take for granted all she has to offer.