Educational Endowment Scholarships

Founded in 1992, this annual offering of juried, educational scholarships are our most highly competitive scholarship awards.

SNAG awards three student scholarships with at least one award given to a student that is currently an undergraduate. These scholarships are for tuition towards the students’ degree granting programs. The scholarships are as follows: one $2000 award, one $1500 award and one $1000 award; each includes a one-year SNAG membership.

SNAG also awards three juried scholarships for emerging and mid-career artists to use toward a workshop of their choice in North America. These awards are as follows: one $2000 award, one $1500 award and one $1000 award; each includes a one-year SNAG membership. Emerging and mid-career artists should have not been enrolled in a degree or certificate program in the past 3 years to qualify.

Deadline for 2018 has passed

  • All materials must be submitted by April 27, 2018. Deadline has passed. Please send completed application to Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith at with the Subject Line: 2018 EES Application.

Award Criteria

  • Awards will be based on the strength of applicants’ work, intended course of study, and references.


  • All applicants must be current SNAG members.
  • Student applicants must be enrolled in a Jewelry or Metals program for the upcoming year.
  • The scholarship is not limited to university programs; community college programs are eligible.
  • Emerging and Mid-career applicants should have a workshop in mind.
  • If you are uncertain of your eligibility you may contact SNAG.

How to Submit

  • Applications should be emailed to before midnight Eastern time on April 27, 2018. Deadline has passed.

Application Materials Checklist

  • Resumé: Including name, address, contact information, educational history, and work history. Include any awards, exhibitions or other scholarships you may have received.
  • Artist Statement: Please limit this to one typed page, size 12 font.
  • Images: Applicants may submit a MAXIMUM of 8 digital images (including details), with a MINIMUM of 5 images. Images MUST represent a minimum of 4 completed pieces.  Image requirements are listed below.
  • Image List: Please include a list identifying each image with the following information: title, materials, size, date created.
  • Reference: The reference section should have your name at the top followed by the information of the person indicated as a reference. Include that person’s name, work position, academic affiliation, address, email, and telephone number.

Application Materials Checklist

  • All text should be submitted as either Word .doc or .docx documents or as .pdf files. No other formats will be accepted.
  • All images should be high resolution .jpg images. No other formats will be accepted. Images should be 300 dpi and at least 6″ on the smallest side. Please label images as follows: last name_title_image number.jpg
    For example: Smith_Untitled_1.jpg

2018 Jurors

Beth Ann GersteinBeth Ann Gerstein is the Executive Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. From 1994-14 she was the Executive Director of The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA.  Gerstein holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a BFA from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania in jewelry and metalsmithing.

She currently serves on the Board of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine.  Gerstein is a former member of the Collections Committee of the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA and a former Board member of the Glass Art Society.  She served on the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Lifetime Achievement Award committee and co-chaired the Boston 2000 conference.

She has been a juror for a number of craft shows including the American Craft Council, Bellevue Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft Show and a juror for state arts council grant programs in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Illinois.

Cathleen McCarthyCathleen McCarthy is a journalist and editor specializing in the jewelry arts and creative small business. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Art & Antiques, Ornament, and The Washington Post. She helped found the Gem Artists of North America (GANA) in 1996 to help lapidary artists market their work and now helps jewelers do the same. In 2009, Cathleen launched the magazine/blog, where she interviews experts and profiles designers and studio jewelers, past and present.


Checks will be made out directly to the university or institution you will be attending. All winning applicants are expected to write a final report documenting the outcome of their scholarship. They will also be expected to provide SNAG with photographs of their work and their educational experience for promotional materials. Awards must be used within three years of date of award.

SNAG actively fundraises to increase the Educational Endowment trust. A raffle is held online and at the SNAG conference, with the proceeds going to the Endowment.

For further information contact SNAG.

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