WJA Announces 2014–15 Scholarship Winners

The Women’s Jewelry Association has awarded $16,000 in scholarships to eight students in jewelry and metalsmithing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Monetary awards are raised in part through the WJA’s annual Awards for Excellence gala, raffle, and silent auction that takes place Monday, July 28, at Pier 60 in New York City. (Additional support comes from sponsors and funds such as the Marilyn DaSilva Fund, the June Herman Fund, and the Myra Goldstein Scholarship Fund.) All awards are for the 2014–15 school year. Lisa Slovis Mandel served as the scholarship chair for the WJA Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees that evaluated applications and selected winners.

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Scholarship recipients are as follows:

$4,000 June Herman Designer/Creator Scholarship Award

Winner: Melissa Cousins, University of Georgia

Melissa Cousins

Lunar hairpin with enamel on copper and brass by Melissa Cousins

$2,500 Myra Goldstein Designer/Creator Scholarship Award

Winner: Sylvie Alusitz, Rochester Institute of Technology

Sylvie Alusitz

Cage bracelet in brass, shibuichi, sterling silver, and black spinel by Sylvie Alusitz

$2,000 Marilyn DaSilva Designer/Creator Scholarship Award

Winner: Eunwha Son, University of Kansas

Eunwha Son

Reborn necklace with Tyvek (a building material used for housing insulation), and 23k gold leaf by Eunwha Son

$1,500 Designer/Creator Scholarship

Winner: Katelyn Butler, Missouri State University

Katelyn Butler

Two-finger ring with sterling silver, fine silver, and blue chalcedony by Katelyn Butler

$1,000 Designer/Creator Scholarship

Winner: Amanda Ortman, Virginia Commonwealth University

Amanda Ortman

Domed necklace with copper and mixed metals by Amanda Ortman

$1,000 Designer/Creator Scholarship

Winner: Lopeeta Tawde, University of Kansas

Lopeeta Tawde

Pumice stone brooch in sterling silver and garnet by Lopeeta Tawde

$2,000 Designer Scholarship

Winner: Maggie Horvath, Savannah College of Art and Design

Maggie Horvath

Moving Bangle CAD rendering in satin nickel silver and brass by Maggie Horvath

$2,000 Non-Designer Scholarship

Winner: Dorothy Cheng, West Dean College, UK