Three New Scholarships Lift GIA’s Education Awards to Record Levels

The Gemological Institute of America said it has awarded 43 scholarships for 2007 valued at $235,269—the most ever allocated by the Institute.

This amount includes three new scholarships, the Michael Beaudry Scholarship, the George W. Juno Scholarship, and the DeYoung Family Scholarship Awards.

The Michael Beaudry Scholarship is GIA’s largest single scholarship established to date. New York–native Cynthia Santiago received this $29,560 scholarship, which will fully fund her GIA On Campus Applied Jewelry Arts and Graduate Gemologist programs.

The George W. Juno Scholarship was created in memory of an enthusiastic 20-year-old jeweler who died in a car accident in March 2006. The DeYoung Family Scholarship fund, established in 2005, provides two resident G.G. scholarships and was named in honor of the J. & S.S. DeYoung family company.

“Scholarships enrich the lives of their recipients far into the future, as well as those of their families and communities,” said GIA relations manager Bev Berthoty. “It’s the generosity and farsightedness of people such as Michael Beaudry that allowed us to offer more scholarships to more students than in any previous year.”

For more information about GIA scholarships, click here. Applications for 2008 scholarships can be downloaded from GIA’s Web site beginning June 15. Qualifications differ for each scholarship. To find out more, visit GIA’s Web site, call 760-603-4175, or e-mail financialaid@gia.edu.

For more information about making a donation in the name of a scholarship, contact Bev Berthoty at 760-603-4170.