S.H. Silver Company Scholarship Announced


The Gemological Institute of America has announced that the 2008 S.H. Silver Company Scholarship has been awarded to Shauna McDonough of Prince Frederick, Maryland.

The S.H. Silver Company Scholarship is specifically for students enrolled in the GIA Jewelry Design program. The scholarship started in 2006 and will declare a recipient annually for the next seven years. 

McDonough, is the third recipient of this scholarship.

The S.H. Silver Company Scholarship was created in 2004 by Stephen H. Silver, G.G., and his wife Eileen, owners of S.H. Silver Company Estate and Fine Jewelry, Menlo Park, Calif. It was the Silvers’ goal that their donation help ensure those students pursuing a career in jewelry design would receive proper education and training.

“The spirit of the donation is to continue to formally educate students interested in learning about jewelry design and history”, said Stephen Silver, who serves as chief executive officer and president. “We believe that innovative design is the future of our industry

Bev Berthoty, manager of GIA Institute Relations expressed the importance of scholarships to help students in need. Berthoty said, “Individuals like the Silvers are instrumental in supporting our students in furthering their gemology education and training.”

This year’s S.H. Silver Company Scholarship recipient, McDonough received her bachelor of arts in metals from University of Pennsylvania – Crookston. She currently works at a jewelry store in Southern Maryland and does everything from repair work to design work.

McDonough will be taking the comprehensive nine-week design course at the GIA New York campus in the spring.

“I was shocked and incredibly grateful because I didn’t know how I was going to come up with the funds to take nine weeks off from work while going to school and living in New York,” she said.

For more information on GIA’s scholarships, click here. Applications for 2009 scholarships can be downloaded from GIA’s Web site beginning June 15. Qualifications differ for each scholarship. Call 760-603-4175, or e-mail financialaid@gia.edu.

For more information about making a scholarship donation, contact Bev Berthoty at 760-603-4120.