The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is offering $2 million in scholarships for aspiring or current gem and jewellery professionals interested in GIA gemmology, jewellery manufacturing arts, distance education courses and lab classes in 2020.
The scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education programs, and are open to US and international prospective students. Applications will be accepted August 1 through September 30. The scholarships are made available by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors.
The GIA has awarded more than $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 programs.
“Scholarships are an important part of our mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry, 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.”
In another initiative, the GIA and the American Gem Society (AGS) have created a scholarship in honour of Beatrice Shipley, wife of Robert Shipley, who founded both the GIA and AGS and was an excellent businesswoman at a time when there were few women in business.
The former church administrator, school dean and art gallery owner provided the emotional, financial and managerial support to fulfill the vision she and Robert Shipley shared for the two organisations.
Both the GIA and AGS were founded in the 1930s when Robert Shipley and Beatrice Shipley cashed in their savings to create two organisations with the goal of educating jewellers and professionalising the industry and creating a guild for these jewellers to join.