The 24 Karat Club offers several different scholarship opportunities for promising talent in the jewelry industry. Applicants must be nominated to the committee by a 24 Karat Club member. An application must be completed by the candidate and submitted along with a letter of recommendation from the sponsoring member [DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION]. Additional information outlining the candidate’s journey in the jewelry industry, including their future plans, is recommended, but not required. Competition for the various scholarships is very intense and candidates should strive to distinguish themselves. The winners will be announced and presented at the annual black tie gala in August.
The Robert Foreman Memorial Scholarship
This is a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 awarded to one deserving applicant working in the retail jewelry industry to further their jewelry related education. The applicant must be employed in the retail jewelry industry for a minimum of two years. Applicants must be sponsored by a 24Karat Club Member, and must complete the application and submit it along with a personal letter to the Scholarship Committee detailing why they should be considered for this prestigious honor. Although the committee does consider financial need, candidates desiring to make a life-long commitment to the jewelry industry are given top priority and are encouraged to apply.
The Diamond Council of America
The Diamond Council of America sponsors several scholarships. They provide opportunities to jewelers who can benefit by the specific training offered by the Diamond Council of America.
The Diamond Council of America (DCA) was founded in 1944 as a forum to educate jewelry sales professionals about diamonds and gems. This not-for-profit organization provides the professional jeweler with an opportunity to earn a certification in diamonds and gemstones through distance education, and gives salespeople the knowledge and training necessary to make them successful.
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the DCA is a leading educational organization for professional retail jewelry salespeople. Since the organization’s beginnings, thousands of retail jewelry professionals have graduated from the DCA’s course offerings in the study of diamonds and colored gems.
Sterling Reputation Scholarship
Sponsored by Sterling Reputation, this is a $2500 Scholarship presented to a school to aid students enrolled in a jewelry or watch repair course with their class fees or material supplies requirements. Schools interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the scholarship committee directly for the specific requirements.
Sterling Reputation is a leading wholesaler of fine quality sterling silver jewelry, headquartered in Sunrise, Florida.
Diamond in the Rough Scholarship
One or more scholarships distributed from a $2500 fund to be used for jewelry industry education and training. This scholarship program is made available through a generous gift from Club member Judy Upton, president of Birmingham, AL-based Judy Carter & Associates Insurance Agency. Judy has been providing insurance to the jewelry industry for over 20 years.