Association now accepting applications for 2014 courses.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will award 54 students with scholarships this autumn, covering its gemmology lab classes and manufacturing arts programs.
A number of $1,500 (£963) awards for e-learning courses and $1,000 (£642) awards for US-based lab classes have been given to students. These scholarships are supported by private donors and the GIA endowment fund and supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings.
Recipients are eligible to participate in distance education e-learning courses and for classes at campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan, as well as the GIA branch in Dubai.
The GIA is also set to award one student with the first ever Dr. Geoffrey Smith Scholarship, which sponsors a student who previously participated in the GIA Junior Gemologist program.
Geoffrey Smith said: “GIA’s Junior Gemologist program is a fun beginning to a lifelong journey of learning about gems. My interest in gems and minerals began in elementary school – around the same age as these students – and I hope this scholarship will enable and encourage more kids to turn their passion for gems into a career."
Dr. Smith is a long-time GIA volunteer who created the fund as an incentive for Junior Gemologist students passionate about gemology to consider it as a career path.
During the GIA’s bi-yearly scholarship application period, students can apply for all scholarships online and indicate an interest in a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from lab and jewelry manufacturing arts to those that go toward a Graduate Gemologist diploma.
The GIA is now accepting scholarship applications for its 2014 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes.
US scholarship highlights include two full scholarships of up to $21,089 (£13,544) each for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program and two scholarships in honour of Richard T. Liddicoat, the former GIA president dubbed the Father of Modern Gemmology.