WJA Awards 27 Member Grants for Education



The Women’s Jewelry Association Member Grant Program has awarded a total of $13,500 to 27 members across the country.

All WJA members who submit an application are eligible for the grant selection process. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $500.

The 2010 recipients included:

  • Jennifer Cullen (LA Chapter)
  • Delphine Le Blanc (Metro Chapter)
  • Alicia Austin-Brooks, Sharon Lee McHale, and Carol Deming (Midwest Chapter)
  • Melissa Spence (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • Lisa Baker, Kimberly Vagner, Judy Colbert, and Peggy Tsiamis (San Diego Chapter)
  • Merrit Nelson De Silva (Twin Cities Chapter)
  • Victoria Skirpa (Northern California Chapter)
  • Linda Coutu (New England Chapter)
  • Constance Berry (Southeast Chapter)

In addition, WJA chapters award the following grants:

  • Amber Klaehn, Lorraine Bennett, Nan Lung, Ann Arnold, and Maggie Stephan (Metro Chapter)
  • Natalie Zacharia (San Diego Chapter)
  • Renee Barry, Ashley Catherine Chan (Midwest Chapter)
  • Edith Wun, Holly Consol, Julia Ross (Northern California Chapter)
  • Thea Izzi (New England Chapter)
  • Sarah Marie Kiecker (Twin Cities Chapter)