Friday, January 18, 2008

Scholarships available for Jewelry and the Arts Education

Do you want to learn more about your craft but just need a little help financially? How about applying for any of these scholarships:

Women's Jewelry Association Scholarships
To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants.
Student scholarships in varying amounts are available to students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch design courses in the United States.
In 2007, the WJA scholarship committee awarded $21,000 in scholarships to fifteen students. This year we had 69 applications from 45 different schools.

MJSA Education Foundation Jewelry Scholarship
The MJSA Education Foundation is a non-profit educational branch of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Inc. and is supported by the jewelry industry. The MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Fund Group consists of six endowment funds, which are managed by The Rhode Island Community Foundation. Scholarships are available for students enrolled in tool making, design, metals fabrication or other jewelry related courses of study at colleges, universities or non-profit technical schools on the post-secondary level in the United States. Awards are not made for home study courses.

SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarships
The SNAG Educational Endowment was founded in 1992. Its sole focus is awarding graduate and undergraduate educational scholarships each year. These are our most prestigious and highly competitive student scholarship awards. A Selection Committee of three independent jurors determines the awards.
The Endowment awards three scholarships each year, and each scholarship recipient receives: $1,000, a one-year complimentary SNAG membership and their work featured on a postcard sent out to hundreds of museums, galleries, and schools. The application deadline is March 15th each year. The current guidelines and application are available here.

Worldstudio Foundation
Imagine you had everything you needed to share your vision with the world: talent, skill, dedication, desire. Everything, that is, except money.
Each year, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships receives hundreds of applications from young people in this very predicament – desperate to influence the world with their amazing talents but without the financial means to do so. Fortunately, with the support of generous individuals, organizations and corporations, Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities.

MetalWerx Scholarship
Metalwerx Educational Scholarship Inc., (MESI) provides scholarships reaching those on fixed incomes, middle and high schools students, and those in transition from one career to another.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards offer early recognition of creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high-school seniors. The Awards program is national in scope and administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers, in partnership with 77 regional affiliate organizations.

During my research I have also learned that a lot of schools, Universities offer scholarships to their students.
Thank-you to Leah Jewelry for some of this info.
I myself hope to take advantage of a scholarship or two as I have plans to attend NMU when we relocate to Marquette, MI this year.

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