GIA (Gemological Institute of America) began accepting scholarship applications online on June 15 for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website www.myapps.gia.edu/Scholarship/scholarship/scholarshipHome.jsp.
Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for classes at the Institute’s campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan; and at the GIA branch in Dubai. Additional scholarship details are available at www.gia.edu/gem-education-scholarship-apply.
A number of awards for international eLearning courses (up to $1,500) and awards for U.S.-based lab classes (up to $1,300) are available. The scholarships, sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. U.S. scholarship highlights include:
- The GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award three scholarships of up to $1,500 each
- GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $17,850 each for the new on-campus Jewelry Design & Technology program
- GIA will award two full scholarships* of up to $21,089 each for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program
- GIA will award one full scholarship* of up to $19,260 for the new on-campus Graduate Jeweler program
- Two scholarships will be offered in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, former GIA president considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” One full scholarship for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program (up to $21,089), and another toward the eLearning Graduate Gemologist program (up to $9,000)
*Full scholarships cover the cost of tuition, books and other materials.