Jewelers of America’s scholarships help students further their professional careers in the jewelry industry. Education is important to keep up within the jewelry industry, so take advantage of these scholarship funds to cut down on course costs.

JA Scholarship Program

JA members only

Any employee of a JA member company can apply for JA's scholarship program from the following institutions: American Gem Society (AGS), Diamond Council of America (DCA), Gemological Institute of America (GIA), JA Bench Professional Certification (JA) and National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Scholarships are awarded on the availability of funds through the application deadline
  • Employees of JA Member companies must be at least 18 years of age
  • Applicants must have at least one year’s experience working at a JA member store and are not already be enrolled in another home study course from any of the educational providers

Jewelers of America members can apply for scholarships here.
Learn more about becoming a JA Member here.

The Seymour & Evelyn Holtzman Bench Scholarship

Seymour and Evelyn Holtzman (CD Peacock) in partnership with Jewelers of America

The Seymour & Evelyn Holtzman Bench Scholarship aims to bring new talent into the the bench jeweler profession by providing tuition help to students enrolled in an accredited bench jeweler or metalsmith education program. Seymour and Evelyn Holtzman in partnership with Jewelers of America is offering bench scholarships, primarily aimed to support low-income students, with the goal of attracting new talent and strengthening the industry’s talent pool in bench jewelry.

The scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in jewelry or metalsmithing programs at an accredited college, university, or training school between January 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024. Recipients are selected by a selection committee in June and are awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be 18 or older to apply
  • Enrolled or show proof of acceptance in a jewelry or metalsmithing program at an accredited college, university, or training school within the United States
  • Applicant must be based in the United States

Applicants are required to submit a brief of your program of study, your reason for choosing the program and your professional goals, as well as images of three of their jewelry pieces.

Due to fund regulations, scholarships are paid directly to the school. Recipients must email their bill(s) to Jewelers of America and a check will be sent directly to the institution.

Scholarship Review Process
  • Application period is from May 1 - June 12, 2024.
  • Scholarship Application Review: Jewelers of America Scholarship Review Board will be comprised of three JA staff members and two JA Board members. The JA Scholarship Review Board will review all applications and narrow down the final group to three based on need, application essay, and jewelry examples. The Review Board will also determine scholarship dollar amounts for the finalists. The Review Board will submit the three finalists for the Holtzman Review Committee to select the final two candidates. The review board has the ability to request to review all applications at any time for further review.
  • Selections will be finalized by the Holtzman Review Committee and submitted to Jewelers of America by July 1, 2024. 
  • Bench scholarship selections will be announced by Jewelers of America by July 23, 2024. 

Other Industry Scholarships

Jewelers of America is not affiliated with any of the below scholarship programs.

American Gem Society (AGS) AGS Way Scholarships
American Gem Society (AGS) The Women in Leadership Scholarship
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Merit and Needs-Based Scholarships
Kill NYC Scholarship for the Jewelry Arts
Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) MJSA Scholarship
The Clear Cut The Clear Cut Scholarship
Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) Grants and Scholarships

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Jewelers of America

In 1906, Jewelers of America was founded by jewelers for jewelers, with a desire to advance the professionalism and ethics of the jewelry industry.

Today, we continue that mission and Jewelers of America Members stand as the most trustworthy, informed and professional jewelry businesses within the United States.