For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) has awarded scholarships to member stores and their employees. Scholarship chair, Jan Fergerson of Ford, Gittings and Kane in Rome, Georgia, announced the winners at the annual GJA Convention held at the Marriott Grand National Resort in Opelika, Alabama in April.
Winners included Josie Dennis, Davis Jewelers, Donalsonville, GA; Magan Byson, T K Anderson Designs, Athens, GA; and Lacey Fincher, Tena’s Fine Diamonds, Elberton, GA. Each scholarship winner will receive $500 toward GIA, AGS or accredited bench training classes or labs.
“All of us at GJA are proud and excited to see our scholarship program grow. Started in 2012 to benefit both our member stores and the entire jewelry industry, we feel we must nurture aspiring jewelry students to help keep our industry strong,” said Bill Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Jewelers, Tucker, GA, whose idea it was to create the program.
The scholarship was named to honor GJA past president John W. Reed, founder of JWR Jewelers in Athens, GA after John passed away in 2014. “John’s legacy lives on in the scholarship winners and our membership as we remember him each year with the awards,” said Fergerson. Reed was a past president of GJA and a strong supporter at the state level.
GJA encourages all member stores and their employees to plan now to apply for a 2018 scholarship starting February 1st. Applications may be obtained from the GJA office or online at www.georgiajewelers.org
Georgia Jewelers Association hosted their annual meeting along with Alabama Jewelers Association on March 31- April 2. The awards were announced at the annual Past Presidents luncheon.