The MJSA Education Foundation, the nonprofit subsidiary of MJSA, the trade association for jewelry-makers, has awarded more than $10,000 to four students studying jewelry-making and design.
The scholarships are available to U.S. citizens enrolled in jewelry- making or design programs. Recipients must exhibit financial need and have the intention to pursue careers in the industry.
This year’s winners, who each received between $1,000 and $4,000, attend programs across the country. Emily Culver is a graduate student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she is pursuing a master of arts in metalsmithing/jewelry. Maresha Robinson is in the Graduate Jeweler diploma program at GIA in Carlsbad, Calif., and intends to create men’s jewelry and accessory company upon graduation. Adriana De Castro attends the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where she specializes in metal fabrication. Melissa Cousins attends the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., where she is conducting research into experimental enameling.
The funds for the scholarships come from six permanent endowments. Since 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships.