WJA announces fourth annual member grant program

In support of WJA’s mission to empower women to achieve their highest professional goals, the organization has announced its 2006 Member Grant Program. This benefit, which was inaugurated in 2002, offers grants of up to $500 to paid-in-full members.

Grants can be applied to classes and/or materials that include industry related studies, as well as financial, business, marketing and other courses.

Continuing education that will help women become better managers, business owners and employees is key to our mission,” said Susan Seider, Chair, WJA Member Grants. “We are delighted by the support we have received for this important initiative.”

Funds for the grants are raised partly from a Silent Auction at WJA’s Annual Awards for Excellence dinner. In addition, financial contributions come from WJA Chapters, individuals, and companies around the country who support the program.

2006 Grant applications are being mailed to members and are available from WJA. They must be filed before Sept. 30. For more information on receiving a member grant or becoming a grant sponsor, contact WJA, 19 Mantua Rd, Mt. Royal, N.J. 08061; Telephone: 856-423-3156.

WJA, founded in 1983, is the preeminent association of professional women in the jewelry, watch and related businesses.  Through the national organization, headquartered in New York City, and a network of eleven regional chapters, members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, scholarships, design competitions and recognition programs, such as its annual Awards of Excellence Dinner. For more information, visit www.womensjewelry.org.