Tiffany & Co. offers two new $20,000 awards to cover any GIA program.
The GIA has kicked of its 2011 scholarship season with two new $20,000 awards from Tiffany & Co., creating over 140 scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a career in the gem and jewellery industry.
GIA scholarships are available both for on campus and distance education study. Nearly 70 have been introduced to commemorate the institute’s 80th anniversary, with several covering GIA international locations, such as Thailand, India and London.
Programs covered include the jewellery manufacturing arts, graduate gemologist and accredited jewellery professional programs and pearl and lab classes.
GIA institute relations manager Bev Berthoty said: “There are so many talented people with a love for gems and jewelry who don’t have the financial resources for gemological education.
“Helping these scholarship recipients become professionals who can serve their clients and the industry with their expertise, is yet another way GIA manifests its mission to protect the public trust.”
The new Tiffany & Co. Scholarships can be used for any of GIA’s education programs, depending on the student’s personal interests and goals.
Tiffany & Co. president and CEO Mike Kowalski said: “We did not put any restrictions on these awards, so they would be available to as many students as possible.
“We believe that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community, whether that be concern for the environment and human rights practices, or helping individuals become successful in the gem and jewelry industry, as is the case with these scholarships.”
Applications must be completed and returned by Oct. 30. A list of all available scholarships, application and instructions can be found on the GIA website.