Shane Co. Announces Winners of 2014 “Creativity In Action” Scholarships

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Jeweler awards $10,000 to students who apply creativity with worthy aims

Shane Co., the largest independently owned jeweler in the US, today announced the winners of the company’s 2014 “Creativity In Action” Scholarships. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage and promote creativity as applied to worthy aims.

The winners are: Jessica Matallana, University of Central Oklahoma, $5,000 scholarship; Cassidy Yatsko, Boise State University, $3,000 scholarship; and Brady McBride, Oregon State University, $2,000 scholarship.

“Shane Co. is proud to award these scholarships to gifted, creative students who have demonstrated a commitment to using their creativity for the betterment of other people and society,” said Rordan Shane, president of Shane Co. “Creativity is foundational to the success of our company and to the welfare of society as a whole. We look forward to seeing these scholarship recipients flourish and to seeing the positive impacts of their creativity in the years to come.”

The scholarships were awarded based on written essays submitted by the applicants; academic achievement; and letters of recommendation from advisors, mentors and/or former employers. Applicants were also required to complete a scholarship application and submit a copy of their school transcript.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants were required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; a GED or high school degree; and be currently enrolled (or be able to prove that they plan to enroll) at an accredited design school or university.

Ms. Matallana, in her essay, explained her goal of becoming a physical therapist, and then to use her personal experience overcoming serious injury while a dancer to inspire others to overcome their own physical challenges.

Ms. Yatsko, in her essay, explained that she would apply her scholarship toward obtaining a degree in psychology and become a high school counselor, where she would initiate programs designed to encourage students to pursue college degrees, in a community where a college education is not the norm.

Mr. McBride, in his essay, described his passion for sewing and how he has used it to produce items such as quilts and dolls for victims of natural disaster in China and for hospital patients in Shanghai and his local community.

About Shane Co.

Shane Co. is the largest privately-held jeweler in the United States. The Denver, Colo.-based company is a direct importer of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and pearls and operates 20 stores in 13 states, as well as an online store at Shane Co. is recognized in the industry as a price leader offering the finest array of customer benefits, including a free lifetime warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee.

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