The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced it has $2 million in scholarships available for established and aspiring gem and jewellery professionals for 2019.
Those interested in GIA gemology and jewellery manufacturing arts programs, distance education courses and lab classes can apply for scholarships offered in the application cycle opened on August 1. All applications are due by September 30.
GIA said it has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships to more than 1,500 students globally since 2014.
“With changing consumer trends and technological advancements in the industry, it is now more important than ever to have professional qualifications,” said GIA Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Duncan Pay. “These scholarships help people follow their dreams and pursue their passion in gems and jewellery.”
Scholarships funded by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors are available for distance education eLearning courses and lab classes, and for programs and classes at the institute’s schools in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Surat and Taiwan.