Innovation in Craftsmanship Award


Why We’re Giving

Meet Ritani.

We’ve been handcrafting diamond jewelry since 1948. In our 50+ years we’ve seen incredible change in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of fine jewelry.

We need you.

Today’s brilliant minds will lead tomorrow’s big innovations. As a fine jewelry company with a conscience, we need your innovation and ingenuity to sustainably and ethically source materials and execute designs for future generations.

Need extra cash for college?

We’re on the lookout for students who have demonstrated a unique way of merging tradition with innovation. We are awarding two $1000 scholarships each academic year to promising students who show outstanding innovation in their craft.

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When To Apply

-The Spring 2019 Scholarship Winner has been selected and will be announced soon.-

2019 Fall quarter award.

JUN 15 JUL 31 AUG 30

2020 Spring quarter award.


JAN 4 JAN 31 FEB 29


Who We’re Looking For

Are you eligible?

All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 17 years of age. In addition, students must have a high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants must also be students entering or currently pursuing an educational program at an accredited college or university relating to one of the following disciplines:

  • Fashion, Art & Design, Architecture
  • Geology, Earth/Natural Science
  • Fabrication & Engineering

Are you an innovator?

Think you have what it takes to be our scholarship winner? So do we. Here are some examples of the type of innovation that inspires us. (Just in case you need a bit more info.)

Elissa Clare, 3-D Printed Latex Mask
In our age of special effects and CGI, the process of creating and customizing actors’ masks is still largely created with traditional mediums like plaster, alginate and clay. While the results are incredible, the long, arduous process can cause claustrophobia, discomfort and even allergic reactions. Elissa developed a way to simply create a 3d scan of an actor’s face and print the mask with latex, reducing the actor’s participation while preserving the perfect fit.

Behnaz Farahi, Madworkshop Foundation Caress of the Gaze, Gaze-actuated wearable
Fashion or dressmaking has often been just a two-way street between the wearer and the viewer. But Behnaz Farahi has taken this timeless craft one step further by enabling reactions from the actual garment. Utilizing an image-sensing camera which detects specifics about a viewer, such as gender and age, the innovative Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators in the garment take in data to expand, contract, and create motion in response to the viewer.

Mark Exposito, La Salle Campus Barcelona Drawit, Drawable User Interface
Simple engineering tasks such as wiring a dimmer on a lamp are infused with a little fun and creativity with Mark Exposito’s app, Drawit. With the advent of wireless technology, his novel approach allows users to control the myriad of connected devices while creating their own visual language to define the functions of their systems based on personal, local, and task-specific needs.

Think you have something in common with these inspiring young minds? We want to hear from you.

How To Apply

Tell us about it: the essay.

Applicants will be required to complete the form below and submit a 600 to 1000-word essay using one of the following prompts:

  • How would you use technology to improve environmental sustainability in your chosen field?
  • Describe how you are innovating in your field of study while also incorporating craftsmanship and quality.

If you have a proof of concept document or a website that describes your innovation, please upload or provide the url in the application below.

Applications must be received by the deadlines set forth under “When to Apply.” Essay submissions and non-sensitive personal information may be used in future Ritani marketing materials. See our Privacy section below for further details.

How we’ll choose.

  • Review

    Applications will be reviewed by a panel. Finalists will be selected based on criteria set forth in the Eligibility section and the strength of the essay submitted.

  • Notification

    Finalists will be notified by email by the dates set forth under “When To Apply.” Once notified, the finalists must provide proof of enrollment and GPA (letters of acceptance, transcripts, etc.) before the final scholarship recipient is selected.

  • Acceptance

    Once the winner is chosen and notified of the award, he/she will be required to provide tax identification information, an image, and a quote about what the scholarship will mean for their educational journey.

  • Award Disbursement

    Upon receipt of the acceptance information, a check for the scholarship award and a 1099-MISC tax form will be mailed directly to the winner. The scholarship recipient will be responsible for notifying the administrator for the educational program in which they are enrolled of the award, if necessary, and paying any taxes associated with or incurred from receiving the award.

Have questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Ritani Innovation in Craftsmanship award, please email our Scholarship Coordinator, Molly Rusk, at