GIA Offers $500,000 In Scholarships
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.