GIA (Gemological Institute of America) began accepting scholarship applications online in June for its 2015 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website at www.gia.edu/scholarships.
Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for classes at the Institute’s campuses in Carlsbad, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai and Taiwan, and at the GIA branch in Dubai.
A number of awards for international eLearning courses (up to $1,500) and awards for U.S.-based lab classes (up to $1,400) are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings.
Scholarship highlights include:
- To recognize the many important contributions by Bert Krashes and Eunice Miles to further gemological knowledge during their careers at GIA, full scholarships for the U.S. on-campus and eLearning Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma program have been created in their names
- The inaugural Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship will award full tuition for an on-campus student in Mumbai to pursue their Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma, including the required Diamond Grading, Colored Stone Grading and Gem Identification lab classes
In January 2014 the Institute awarded scholarships to 151 students in 29 countries. The scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, align with GIA’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals.