GIA Offers New U.S. Military Veteran, Junior Gemologist Scholarships

U.S. military veterans will have access to new scholarships for advanced gemological education as part of the Gemological Institute of America’s 2013 international scholarship program.

This marks the debut of the GIA Scholarship Fund for U.S. military veterans. The GIA is offering multiple scholarships for the Accredited Jewelry Professional degree through its eLearning distance education program. To qualify, applicants must include proof of U.S. military service (including reservists and National Guard personnel). The scholarship application period will run through Oct. 31.

“GIA created this scholarship fund to honor our courageous veterans and to help those interested in a career in the gem and jewelry industry,” said GIA president and CEO Donna Baker in a statement. “It is an honor for us to offer scholarships to U.S. military veterans.”

Also available for the first time this year: the Dr. Geoffrey Smith Scholarship for students who previously participated in a GIA Junior Gemologist class, which introduces gemology to fourth through 12th graders and meets U.S. curriculum guidelines.

“Our goal is that scholarship recipients will one day excel in their chosen fields,” said Bev Berthoty, institute relations manager at GIA. “As professionals, this group will further GIA’s mission of ensuring the public’s trust in gems and jewelry.”  

The 2013 GIA scholarship application is available online. Read more information on available GIA scholarships.

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