The MJSA Education Foundation has awarded scholarships to six students who are currently pursuing degrees in jewelry making and design.
The scholarship award winners are:
- Tamara Allison ($1,500 scholarship) of Wichita Falls, Texas, who is completing a BFA in Metals and Jewelry at Midwestern State University
- Leslie Boyd ($1,500 scholarship) of Brooklyn, N.Y., who is working toward an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I.
- Carol Salisbury ($1,500 scholarship) of Lawrence, Kan., who is pursuing an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of Kansas
- Nicole D’Entremont ($800 scholarship) of Medford, Mass., who is pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Maresha Robinson ($800 scholarship) of Oakland, Calif., who is seeking a Graduate Bench Jeweler Diploma from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco
- Shalena White ($800 scholarship) of Austin, Texas, who is working toward an MFA in Studio Art: Metals/Jewelry at the University of Texas at Austin
Since 1997, the MJSA Education Foundation has awarded nearly $160,000 in scholarships to students enrolled in jewelry design, jewelry making, or other jewelry-related degree programs at colleges, universities, and technical schools throughout the United States. Funds for the scholarships are generated through the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group, which consists of six permanent endowment funds managed by the Rhode Island Community Foundation on behalf of MJSA and the MJSA Education Foundation.
Any student enrolled in a jewelry program, who intends to pursue a career in the jewelry industry and who can demonstrate financial need is eligible to apply for a MJSA Education Foundation scholarship. Applicants are assessed on the basis of course of study, academics, career plans, recommendations, and industry experience. Students must be U.S. citizens.