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GIA to begin receiving scholarship applications in March
Will hand 125 scholarships, totaling more than $500,000
By: Diamond World News Service
Feb 20 2016 11:05AM
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GIA is beginning accepting scholarship applications beginning March 1, with 125 scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, to be handed. This opportunity would be available to the GIA students to apply for the Institute’s Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. The scholarship application period will run through April 30.

“The gem and jewelry industry is vibrant, global and diverse, and continues to evolve. By giving a financial boost to those seeking a gem and jewelry 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.”

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. 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, programs or lab classes. 2016 scholarship highlights include: two scholarships offered in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, two scholarships to be offered in honor of Bert Krashes, former GIA vice president and member of the GIA Board of Governors, two scholarships will be offered in honor of Eunice Miles, GIA’s first female gemologist often referred to as the “Grande Dame of Gemology. Also, the 2016 Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship will award full tuition for an on-campus student in Taiwan to pursue their GG diploma, GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award scholarships of up to $1,500 each, Kara Ross, Tiffany & Co., and William Goldberg Diamond Co. will each offer a $10,000 scholarship, Kazanjian will award two $10,000 scholarships.

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