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GIA allots US$2m for scholarships in 2020

31 July 2019

GIA’s Graduate Colored Stones Program


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is offering US$2 million in scholarships for gemstone and jewellery professionals as well as those aspiring to join the industry.

The scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education programmes and are open to US and international students. Applications will be accepted from August 1 to September 30, 2019. The scholarships are made available by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors. 

“Scholarships are an important part of our mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewellery, and our goal of educating the next generation of industry professionals,” said Duncan Pay, GIA vice president and chief academic officer. “Through our professional credentials, career services and alumni network, GIA graduates are positioned for success.”

Gabrielle White, GIA Graduate Jeweler and scholarship recipient, commented, “The scholarship I received from GIA helped me afford an education that I otherwise would not have financially been able to obtain. The process is definitely worth the education that you will receive.”

GIA has awarded more than US$10 million in scholarships since 2010, helping more than 2,000 students study at GIA schools in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Surat, Taiwan and now Tokyo, as well as through distance education programmes.