High jewellery house signs up to fund final year students.
Genevan high jeweller Avakian has launched a scholarship program with Central Saint Martins to fund final-year jewellery students’ studies over the next three years.
Avakian has launched the program as it takes a new philanthropic direction which has until now largely focussed on medical and children’s charities.
Through the agreement Avakian will fund the cost of studies of one final year student annually for each of the next three academic years.
A competition-like process will be held for the first Avakian scholarship with about 30 students in the second year of Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery course set to submit their portfolio of work to judges.
A shortlist of five students will be invited to an interview panel this summer where they will meet Avakian director Corinne Avakian and Central Saint Martins jewellery course leader Caroline Broadhead. The finalists will be given the opportunity to explain how they have curated their portfolio and articulate their vision for their career as a jeweller.
The winner of the scholarship will also benefit from a six-month paid internship at the Geneva workshops of the third-generation family jeweller.
Corinne Avakian said: “Avakian is very excited to support a new generation of talent. We’ll be looking for imaginative, original work, backed up by the ability to develop ideas and communicate them visually."