Win a Full Scholarship for F&TA’s Laying the Foundation:: Volume 1!

There is a scholarship contest for Volume 1!

This is the second round of our Laying the Foundation program. The pilot program was an instant success and this year it will only get better!It is guaranteed to change your life and your jewelry business! You can read more about the course content here: Laying the Foundation Volume 1.

So I guess you are probably ready to get to the good stuff…

We are actually giving away a Scholarship for a Silver Membership to one lucky jewelry designer!

Here is how you can win the scholarship:

Remember: you are artists so be creative with your submission! Following the rules is a must and if you bend the rules, we can’t take your submission into account.

Here’s what you need to do:

Submit a 90 second or less video or a 300-500 written submission answering the following questions:

  • Where are you in your jewelry business now?
  • What’s holding you back in your business and your life?
  • What is your vision for your business? Where do you want to go? What are your biggest dreams and desires?

How to get started:

Step #1

Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and like us on Facebook


For Video Submission:

Upload your video to YouTube and make it PUBLIC.

Your Video Title: Flourish & Thrive Academy Laying the Foundation Volume 1 vid by (Your Name)

Your Video Description: – Flourish & Thrive Academy – A 30-day virtual program for jewelry designers who want to learn the step-by-step process of building a business platform guaranteed to yield more cash, more clarity and more freedom.

To complete your valid entry, leave a comment below this post with a link to your YouTube video entry.

For Written Submission:

The written submission must be in the form of a blog post or other online publication.

The Submission Title: Flourish & Thrive Academy Laying the Foundation Volume 1

To complete your valid entry, leave a comment below this post with a link to your Blog entry. Make sure you link back to Flourish & Thrive on Your Blog!

Social Media Bonus!

If you let your twitter and facebook friends know about the contest – you get bonus points!

Twitter Swipe:

  • Pls RT Help me win a free ticket to @flourish_thrive’s Laying the Foundation: Volume 1 #FTAcademy
  • This @flourish_thrive scholarship is all mine! #FTAcademy Pls RT
  • Pls RT I Just entered @flourish_thrive’s Laying the Foundation: Volume 1 contest! #FTAcademy
  • I am a jewelry designer gettin' biz savvy! Just Entered @flourish_thrive contest! #FTAcademy

Facebook Swipe (tag us):

Help me win a scholarship to @Flourish & Thrive Academy's Laying the Foundation Volume 1! I am ready to get business savvy! Please comment below and share this with your friends.

You can, of course, write your own, but you must include our handle and hashtag @flourish_thrive / #FTAcademy, use the official link: (post a link to your video or written submission)

Pin this:

Jewelry Designers - Win a Scholarship

You can post up to 3 times a day on social media!!

Contest ENDS Sunday, January 13th, Midnight and the winner will be announced January 14th!

Tracy, Robin & the F&TA team will be the judges. Yes, our decision is completely subjective. It is also final. Just be honest, creative and confident!

Here's what the last scholarship winner says about the course::


  1. Linda B on January 11, 2013 at 11:34 am
    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Linda great job! So excited that you entered! See my comments from Friday!!!

      Good luck!


    • admin on January 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Linda, You won a $50 scholarship. I have no way of getting to you on your website. I am not sure if you saw the email that went out. Pleas email support (at)

  2. Tracy Matthews on January 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm


    Thanks so much for writing the post and we look forward to considering!!!

    Yes you should use your current inventory before you buy more!!

    Good Luck!


  3. Erin Prais-Hintz on January 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This must be written in my heart. Everything I have seen these past few days has lead me here. Here is my blog post with a free verse poem answering your questions:
    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Enjoy the day. Erin

    • Tracy Matthews on January 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Amazing Submission Erin!!

      I loved reading it!

      Thanks and good luck!


  4. Aimee Biondolillo on January 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm My submission to win a scholarship…thank you for this opportunity 🙂

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 8:59 am


      Great video! Nice work on the cash!

      I loved the sign at the end! It’s going to be tough!!!


  5. Dawn Hill on January 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Completing this video put me one step closer to conquering my fears!! Hope you enjoy it and thanks for giving us this opportunity!

    Here’s my submission

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Great Video Dawn! It was so cute!!

      I love what yo u said about your fears!,

      You can do this ! Good luck!


  6. Ann Gray on January 12, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Dear Tracy and Robin,
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a Full Scholarship to F&TA’s Laying the Foundation Volume 1! Here is the link to my Article:

    Ann Gray

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Love your post Ann!

      Thanks so much for submitting! Sounds like your biz is doing well! Why do you really want this?

      Great work! Good luck!


      • Ann Gray on January 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        Dear Tracy,
        I want this because I am still not at a place where I am making an income that supports me. A trickle here and a trickle there. Sure, everyone loves it thus the 8,400+ Likes on my Fan Page and emails and Comments etc. But you have some experience on the Business side that I haven’t heard from anyone before. When I read your articles, you have something different and I need something different than I have heard already to take this Art to the level that it creates an income for me. Please do not pass me by because I have been successful in my Art, meaning I have been able to learn Wire Work to the Advanced Level and because I have a large following because I need something to kick my Business into the Financial gear. And I think you have it.

        Sincerely and Thankfully,
        Ann Gray

        • Avanell Savage on January 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

          Thank you for giving Ann Gray an opportunity to to win a Full Scholarship to F&TA’s Laying the Foundation Volume 1!

          Ann is dedicated to the art of jewelry design. Her designs are uniquely created with a passion for style and individuality. She is a person of integrity and honesty and provides a lifetime guarantee with each of her jewelry pieces. Over the holidays this past year she donated four pieces to charities; one of which was to help disabled children.

          I highly recommend Ann for this scholarship and would ask that you would award it to her to help her develop her jewelry business and establish her name as a jewelry artisan. In my opinion she is worthy to receive it.

          Avanell Savage

          • Ann Gray on January 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

            Dear Tracy and Robin,
            I would like to add one more thing to my reason for wanting to win this scholarship. I usually do not tell people this bc it’s personal but I am disabled and I need to get my Business to a place where it earns a profit and supports me bc I refuse to depend on the government to take care of me! I am used to working hard and had a wonderful career before I became disabled. Now I believe I can still have a wonderful career from my bedroom and I still work hard, it is just from my bedroom! I will take every single word you say if I win this scholarship and put it to very good use in order to make my vision come true!!
            Thank you again for the opportunity!!!!
            Ann Gray

  7. Bev on January 12, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I would like to echo Ann’s sentiments–thank you for this opportunity! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I loved reading you submission Bev! Great job taking the risk to go all the way with this!!!

      Good luck!!


  8. Belinda Norrington on January 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi Tracy and Robin, thanks for this fantastic opportunity! Here is the link to my youtube submission.



    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Belinda, thanks so much for your submission! I love nature inspired jewelry as well!

      Good luck!!!


  9. Linda B on January 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Great work Linda! Looking forward to considering! And heal your carpal tunnel!!

      Good luck, Tracy

  10. miller canning on January 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    here’s my blog entry. i’m clearly among wonderful and talented applicants.

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    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Great submission miller! This is your year to thrive!!

      Good luck and thanks for the awesome submission!!


  12. Barb Collins on January 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Tracey and Robin, I thoroughly enjoyed your webinar Thurs., but my heart sunk once I realized I couldn’t afford the training. (It’s just not the right time for my family). So,I was thrilled to learn about this contest. What a great idea! Thanks so much!! Here is my entry on my blog:

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Barb, thanks so much for your submission!! Robin and I are really excited to consider!

      Great job and good luck!


  13. Gabbie on January 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Here is my mini video thank you Tracy and Robin, thanks for this awesome opportunity:

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Gabby, thanks so much for your submission

      I am excited to consider!!! Great work and good luck


  14. Erin Prais-Hintz on January 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Just pinned to my Info Please board on Pinterest. Also I posted it again (also the other day) on Facebook both my personal site and my business site for Tesori Trovati Jewelry. Thanks for the chance! Enjoy the day! Erin

  15. Sarah Jane Nelson on January 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I love you guys and NEED to win this scholarship! I also liked you on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and I posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The link to my blog post is

    Fingers Crossed!
    Sarah Jane

    • Tracy Matthews on January 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks for the awesome entry Sarah Jane! We’ll be emailing your privately. We did read your post and LOVED it. Sorry for the oversight.

  16. Jasmine, bama + ry on January 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this scholarship! I would absolutely put this to work for me! I’m so ready to kick my business into high gear!

  17. Elizabeth on January 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I hope you will pick Ann Grey for this scholarship. She has such great talent and possibilities! With your help, she can become all she is capable of. She helps so many people all the time so it would be great for her to get back a little of what she gives. I have been designing jewelry and selling it for many years and I have been helping her too. Hope you will consider her! She is

    • Elizabeth on January 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      She is really worthy of winning this scholarship and will excel with your help.

  18. Annie Scherz on January 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Oooh!! This is WONDERFULLY exciting! Here is my submission for the scholarship:

    Now, I also pinned, tweeted, facebooked things and added hash tags and swiped and tagged galore (hopefully in all the right places! I am a social butterfly, but haven’t quite figured out all of the ins and outs of the MEDIA part!).

    Thank you so much for this opportunity. As I listened to the call on Thursday, I got more and more excited about all that lies ahead!


    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm


      Thanks so much for your post!!! We are excited to consider!!

      Xo, Tracy

      • Annie Scherz on January 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

        Good thing that there is a deadline! I could tweak and re-tweak this post! Made a tweak, but now I am done. This is my “final answer”!

        • Emma Todd on January 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

          I think Annie would be an awesome choice and an asset to your community. She’s got plans, she’s got motivationa and with a little direction from you ladies – sky’s the limit!

  19. Barb Collins on January 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Thanks again for the idea that I could rework and resubmit my blog post!

  20. Jonelle Johnson on January 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you for this opportunity

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Great post Jonelle!

      Thanks for submitting!! Looking forward to considering!,,

    • Tracy Matthews on January 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Great post Jonelle! Thanks so much for submitting!! This is going to be sooo hard!

  21. Dawn DiGesare on January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Tracy and Robin,
    Here is my submission. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I really appreciate it. Have a super great day!

  22. Jennifer Kroeger on January 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    As you can see I am not very up to date with my blog. Yet another thing I need to do! Thank you for the chance at a scholarship for your course! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed 🙂

    Jenny K
    Relic Charm

    PS I pinned tweeted and shared

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Great post jenny and great work following the instructions!!

      I am looking forward to considering and great luck!!!


  23. April on January 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you guys for all your great work. I have really appreciated your free trainings and would love to work with you guys again. I have even taken your advice and began to setup a reminder list on my calender to help me perform at least three business actions per day!

    Here is my blog post for entry.

    Thank you all again!

    • Tracy Matthews on January 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Great submission April!!

      This is getting tough!! Good luck


  24. miller canning on January 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’m the never ending editing machine. ;>)

    thanks for your patience and this great opportunity!

    • Annie Scherz on January 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Haha!! Me too!! I have submitted my “final answer” in true “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” fashion!!


  25. Darlene on January 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! Here is my entry:

  26. Carriece on January 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  27. Erin Prais-Hintz on January 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Hello ladies! I changed the name of my post: Balance plus… Flourish & Thrive Academy Laying the Foundation Volume 1
    in keeping with your instructions. Thank you.
    Enjoy the day. Erin

    • Emma Todd on January 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Oh shoot, I forgot Erin applied too! eek, Erin would also be an awesome choice!

      • Erin Prais-Hintz on January 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

        You are sweetness and light, Miss Emma! I am happy to be in such rich company. It would be tough to choose! I expect that someone will be very blessed today with the choice. And I am sure that my path will be made apparent. Enjoy the day. Erin

  28. Swati J. Miller on January 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    This was a good exercise in getting clarity. Thank you for the opportunity. I’ve been actively tweeting, posting to FB and emailing your link to my other jewelry business friends. I look forward to the course information!

    It’s 2013: Time to Thrive!

  29. Deborah Wright on January 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Dearest Flourish and Thrive:
    This is my pleasure and joy to present you with my dreams. Thank you for an opportunity to reflect upon my goals and desires. It is rare to have this chance and it is my hopes to make Flourish and Thrive a major part of my business life success!

    Bright Blessings,

  30. Donna on January 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Here is my entry for the scholarship to Flourish & Thrive Academy’s Laying the Foundation: Volume 1. I’ve pinned your page several times, tweeted and shared on my FB page, as well as several creative groups I am in. I know there’s a lot of creative women out there deserving of this opportunity, but I hope you that you will consider me. I signed up for a 3 month pmt. plan, but I really cannot afford this on my own. I just want it so bad, that I am trusting God to provide, one way or another. Thank you again. I can’t wait to begin, no matter how it turns out. Bless you!!!
    Donna {aka, Belle West}

    • Donna on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 am

      I just realized, in my efforts to keep my blog under 500 words (which was really hard) I may have left out an answer to one of your questions… I actually wrote that in at one point and then removed it to fit the requirements. God have mercy! I hope I still qualify! Thank you again… {Donna}

  31. Shelly Richardson on January 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Here is my latest and greatest!!!

    Immeasurable thanks for this opportunity – GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

    Shelly Richardson
    Urban Lotus Jewelry

  32. madeline on January 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hi! Here is the link to my written submission/blog post

    I have also done all the social media “extra points” – was already following on FB and Twitter

    I have posted my blog on both my fan FB page and my personal FB page and have asked all my friends and family to share, like, comment and do anything else they need to do to make sure I get this scholarship….it is mine!!!!! hahahaha!!!

    thanks for the opportunity!!!!

  33. madeline on January 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    oh when will the winner be picked/announced?

  34. Heather McNair Horsey on January 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    My scholarship entry… Can’t wait to work with you both. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Sharyn Holmes on January 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    • Ryan on January 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Don’t ever lose sight of that self belief. You have shown a fantastic level of commitment and your success to date must be commended. For someone to juggle work, family and now your new passion with the focus and determination that you have shown is inspiring. You should be so proud of what you have achieved already. I know I am.

    • Janine Whitling on January 14, 2013 at 4:44 am

      here’s a big supportive call out for Sharyn, she has been working with such commitment on her business. I wish her the best and hoping you will see an amazing gal worth supporting ♥

    • Nik on January 14, 2013 at 6:09 am

      Well done Sharyn for following your dream! I really admire your spirit and dedication. Wishing you all the best (no luck or religious intervention needed as your talent speaks for itself!).

    • Karrlin Bain on January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Your work is always beautiful and I admire all of the hard work you have put into your business. Quality shows in your work and I believe that setting a great example for your daughter is an excellent benefit in addition to providing great products! I believe that you deserve this scholarship! Good luck!
      ~ Karrlin Bain

    • Natasha on January 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Sharyn has been doing so wonderfully well at expolring her dream of being an Artist and sharing that dream through her creative business. Such a beautiful honest & caring person out to show us all to believe in ourselves for it cn be done.

  36. Christina Mensah on January 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm


    My website is under construction, so I couldn’t actually blog, but I wrote a ‘note’ on Facebook and tagged you guys in it. I’m hoping that will count as a submission.


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