The MJSA Education Foundation has awarded scholarships to six students who are currently pursuing degrees in jewelry making and design, and who all show exceptional talent and promise for successful professional careers. They are:
Tamara Allison ($1,500 scholarship) of Wichita Falls, Texas, who is completing a BFA in Metals and Jewelry at Midwestern State University, also in Wichita Falls. She plans to graduate in December of this year.
Leslie Boyd ($1,500 scholarship) of Brooklyn, New York, who is working toward an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. She expects to graduate in 2013.
Carol Salisbury ($1,500 scholarship) of Lawrence, Kansas, who is pursuing an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of Kansas, also in Lawrence. The recipient of three previous Foundation scholarships, she expects to graduate in May 2012.
Nicole D’Entremont ($800 scholarship) of Medford, Massachusetts, who is pursuing a BFA in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She plans to graduate in May 2012.
Maresha Robinson ($800 scholarship) of Oakland, California, who is seeking a Graduate Bench Jeweler Diploma from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. She expects to complete her diploma requirements by the summer of 2012.
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. She expects to graduate in 2014.
Since 1997, the MJSA Education Foundation, a 501(c) 3 subsidiary of MJSA, 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 an 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.
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