GIA establishes Robert T. Speisman scholarship

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established the Robert T. Speisman Scholarship, in honor of Robert T. Speisman, the well-known executive vice president of Lazare Kaplan International, who lost his life in the Sept. 11 Pentagon plane crash.

The scholarship, valued at $1,195, is for GIA’s Distance Education Diamonds Program, one of the key components required to earn the famed Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) Diploma. Everyone eligible for any GIA scholarship may apply. The deadline for applications is Nov. 30, 2001, and details of the application process can be found online by visiting GIA’s Web site,, then clicking on “Education” and “Student Financial Assistance,” or by calling the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-421-7205, ext. 4005. Outside North America, call 760-603-4005.

GIA President William E. Boyajian said the scholarship is a fitting tribute to Speisman’s dedication to the jewelry industry. “Bob was a man of great energy and enthusiasm, and his passion for the jewelry industry was inspiring to everyone who knew him. This scholarship enables GIA to demonstrate our respect for Bob by contributing to the development of jewelry professionals, something we know he would appreciate.”

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