MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group

Melis Agabigum 2013 Scholarship WinnerEvery 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.


Who Can Apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. June 13, 2014. To apply online click here.

For application eligibility and content inquiries, contact:
Alison Jackson
Data and Operations Manager
(401) 427-4010 or Email


Winners of the 2013 Scholarships

William Yang 2013 Scholarship WinnerMelis Agabigum ($2,450, top left) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is working toward a MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry and Intermedia at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is expected to graduate in May 2016.

William Yang ($2,450, right) of Brooklyn, New York, is completing a BFA in Jewelry at the Pratt Institute in New York City. He is due to graduate in 2014.

Carly Cook 2013 Scholarship WinnerCarly Cooke ($500, bottom left) of Portland, Maine, is pursuing a Jewelry Art & Design Professional certificate at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy. She will complete this in May 2014.

Ryan Toth 2013 Scholarship WinnerRyan Tosh ($500, right) of Valparaiso, Indiana, is pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at Purdue University and plans to graduate in May 2014.