Deadline Nears for GIA Scholarship Applications

The Gemological Institute of America is offering 96 scholarships, valued at $431,000, for classes beginning in 2008, a record high according to the Institute. Six of these scholarship opportunities are outside the United States. This is the first time in GIA’s history that international scholarships are being offered.

The six international scholarships, which cover full tuition, were created by GIA’s Board of Governors in response to the increasing need for gemological education worldwide. One scholarship is offered for the Distance Education Gemologist Diploma program, two for the On Campus G.G. program at GIA London, and three for the On Campus G.G. program at GIA India.

“We are thrilled to offer these significant financial resources to deserving and talented students,” said Bev Berthoty, Institute Relations manager for GIA. “We are especially excited about adding international scholarship opportunities at this time. This is a great milestone for GIA as we continue our efforts to serve the worldwide gem and jewelry industry.”

Scholarships being offered range from $500 to full tuition.

Applications for 2008 scholarships are being accepted until Oct. 15 and can be downloaded from GIA’s Web site. Qualifications differ for each scholarship.

For more information about GIA scholarships, call 760-603-4175, e-mail, or go to and find the financial assistance and scholarships section. For more information about making a donation in the name of a scholarship, contact Bev Berthoty at 760-603-4170.

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