GIA encourages applications for UK scholarships

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Edward Johnson notes the benefits of study for jewellery industry.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has begun applications for its 2012 scholarship programs and has increased the total number of scholarships offered, doubling the number of international locations where scholarships can be taken.

The applications will be accepted until October 30 and are available for on-campus programs and distance education via the eLearning platforms. It is encouraging potential students in the UK to look into the programs as a way of enhancing their skills and experience.

Students can apply online or in-person at GIA campuses and take a broad spectrum of courses, ranging from lab and jewellery manufacturing arts to those toward a Graduate Gemmologist diploma.

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In London, GIA director Edward Johnson has said that three students are already benefiting from 90% scholarships at GIA London.

Johnson said: “Applications from the UK last year were minimal while competition for places from overseas was strong. We feel that, for the benefit of the UK trade, we would like to see UK applications increased.”

He also noted that the British jewellery trade often laments the lack of skills that many have, and though many would like to receive a GIA education, they feel they cannot afford it. The scholarship programs, however, are a chance to individuals to fulfil their educational wishes.

“These scholarships will benefit the trade by advancing standards in gemstone evaluation, knowledge and professionalism,” added Johnson.

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