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KIL N.Y.C. Scholarship for the Jewelry Arts

Funded by
1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
May 20, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 20, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Field of Interest :
2.75 or above
Education Level:
High school, undergraduate or graduate

The scholarship is aimed at supporting students who are passionate about and committed to pursuing a major in jewelry design, textiles or design. By providing financial assistance, it seeks to nurture their artistic talents and encourage innovation within the field. This scholarship is dedicated to fostering the development of skilled and imaginative jewelry and textile designers, contributing to the advancement and evolution of the craft and industry.

Students majoring in design with at least a 2.75 GPA may apply.

To apply, share what type of design you're passionate about and what impact you hope to make on the field.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Bold Points, Essay
Published November 9, 2023
Essay Topic

Why are you passionate about design? What type of impact do you hope to make on the field? 

400–600 words

Winning Application

Anthony Marquez II
Metropolitan State University of DenverDENVER, CO
In the realm of jewelry design, my passion lies at the intersection of aesthetics, functionality, and ethical responsibility. I envision a future where each jewelry piece is not only a work of art but also a versatile and purposeful accessory. This passion is driven by a desire to integrate engineering psychology and micro tech into the jewelry industry, focusing on usability, accessibility, customization, and ergonomics to create user-centered, comfortable, and inclusive designs. At the core of my vision is the belief that jewelry should serve more than just an ornamental purpose. I am driven to create pieces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, adding value to the wearer's daily life. The concept of multi-purpose jewelry inspires me to design pieces that seamlessly transition from fashion accessories to practical tools, enhancing the user's experience and making each piece a meaningful part of their lifestyle. In addition to functionality, my passion extends to the art of blending different styles and pieces into jeweled compositions. I see the beauty in combining diverse elements to create unique and personalized art pieces. By integrating various styles and pieces of jewelry, I aim to offer customers a broader range of options, allowing them to express their individuality through eclectic and personalized creations. To achieve these goals, I am eager to blend the principles of engineering psychology and micro tech into the jewelry design process. Engineering psychology will guide the ergonomic aspects, ensuring that each piece is not only visually appealing but also comfortable to wear for extended periods. Usability and accessibility will be paramount, with a focus on designing clasps, fasteners, and overall structures that are easy to use for individuals of all abilities. Micro tech, with its focus on small-scale technology, presents exciting opportunities to introduce smart features into jewelry. By incorporating microelectronics, I envision creating smart jewelry that not only tracks health metrics but also provides personalized notifications and authentication features. This intersection of fashion and technology opens up new dimensions of creativity while enhancing the practicality of jewelry in the modern world. Sustainability is a foundational principle of my vision. I am committed to sourcing materials responsibly, ensuring that every piece of jewelry is crafted with ethical considerations in mind. By utilizing sustainable materials and eco-friendly practices, I aim to minimize the environmental impact of the jewelry production process. Moreover, I envision implementing a recycling program for old or unwanted jewelry. This initiative goes beyond disposal, offering individuals the opportunity to donate their jewelry for recycling or potential recrafting. The excess jewelry can be redistributed, creating an ethical jewelry thrift store that not only reduces waste but also allows others to enjoy unique pieces with a story. In conclusion, my passion for making multi-purpose and artfully blended jewelry is fueled by a commitment to usability, accessibility, customization, and ergonomics. By integrating engineering psychology and micro tech into the design process, I aim to create jewelry that is not only visually stunning but also enhances the daily lives of its wearers. This vision is grounded in sustainability and ethical practices, ensuring that every piece contributes positively to both individual experiences and the greater environmental landscape.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 20, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 20, 2024.

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