GIA Of­fers $500,000 In Schol­ar­ships

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Be­gin­ning March 1, prospec­tive stu­dents of the Ge­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of Amer­ica (GIA) will have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for more than 125 schol­ar­ships, adding up to more than $500,000, for the in­sti­tute’s Gem­mol­ogy and Jew­ellery Man­u­fac­tur­ing Arts pro­grammes, cour­ses and lab classes. The schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod will run through April 30.

Since 2013, GIA has awarded more than $3.5 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships to nearly 1,000 stu­dents. Schol­ar­ships are funded by the GIA en­dow­ment fund and sev­eral pri­vate donors.

“The gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try is vi­brant, global and di­verse, and con­tin­ues to evolve. By giv­ing a fi­nan­cial boost to those seek­ing a gem and jew­ellery education, we can help usher in the next gen­er­a­tion of trained pro­fes­sion­als,” said Bev Hori, GIA’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief learn­ing of­fi­cer. “GIA has ed­u­cated more than 365,000 pro­fes­sion­als world­wide, and we look for­ward to in­struct­ing even more and pre­par­ing them for a re­ward­ing ca­reer.”

Schol­ar­ships are avail­able for dis­tance education eLearn­ing cour­ses and for classes at the in­sti­tute’s cam­puses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Dubai, Hong Kong, Lon­don, Mum­bai, New York and Tai­wan. Ap­pli­cants will be con­sid­ered for all avail­able awards – rang­ing from $500 to $22,000 – for on-cam­pus and eLearn­ing cour­ses, pro­grammes or lab classes.

The 2016 schol­ar­ship high­lights in­clude: • Two schol­ar­ships will be of­fered in hon­our of Richard T.

Lid­di­coat, for­mer GIA pres­i­dent con­sid­ered the “Father of Mod­ern Gem­mol­ogy.” One full schol­ar­ship is for the on-cam­pus Grad­u­ate Gemol­o­gist (GG) pro­gramme and an­other to­wards the Dis­tance Education GG pro­gramme. • Two schol­ar­ships will be of­fered in hon­our of Bert Krashes, for­mer GIA vice pres­i­dent and mem­ber of the GIA board of gov­er­nors. One full schol­ar­ship is for the on-cam­pus GG pro­gramme and an­other to­ward the Dis­tance Education GG pro­gramme. • Two schol­ar­ships will be of­fered in hon­our of Eu­nice Miles, GIA’s first fe­male gem­mol­o­gist of­ten re­ferred to as the “Grande Dame of Gem­mol­ogy”. One full schol­ar­ship is for the on-cam­pus GG pro­gramme and an­other to­ward the Dis­tance Education GG pro­gramme. • The 2016 Tawfic Farah Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship will award full tu­ition for an on-cam­pus stu­dent in Tai­wan to pur­sue their GG diploma. • The GIA Schol­ar­ship for U.S. Veter­ans will award schol­ar­ships of up to $1,500 each for Dis­tance Education cour­ses, pro­grammes or lab classes. • Kara Ross, Tiffany & Co., and Wil­liam Gold­berg Di­a­mond Co. will each of­fer a $10,000 schol­ar­ship to­ward a gem­mol­ogy course or pro­gramme. • Kazan­jian will award two $10,000 schol­ar­ships for any gem­mol­ogy course or pro­gramme. Pref­er­ence is given to ex­tremely high-need ap­pli­cants with no fam­ily mem­bers in the jew­ellery busi­ness. The next schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod is from Au­gust 1 through Septem­ber 30.

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