Gemological Institute of America Scholarship, USA
GIA Scholarships, USA
GIA also accepts outside sources of funding for educational programs, including: vocational rehabilitation, veterans’ benefits ( on-campus programs only ), or outside scholarships . We will be happy to assist you in coordinating outside funding resources.
Eligibility for Gemological Institute of America Scholarship
GIA offers scholarships for its Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses, and classes. On-Campus scholarships for GIA Carlsbad and GIA New York are available to U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident applicants.
Scholarships for Distance Education courses are available to U.S. and non-U.S. resident applicants. On-Campus scholarships for GIA India, GIA London, and GIA Thailand are available to non-U.S. citizen and non-U.S. resident applicants.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma or GED equivalency. You must be currently employed in the jewelry industry or planning to enter the field. If you have been awarded a GIA scholarship within the past five years, you are not eligible to reapply.
GIA scholarships may only be applied toward the tuition and fees for a GIA course, Lab class, or program of study in which the applicant is planning to enroll in the upcoming calendar year.
How to Apply for GIA Scholarships
Complete scholarship applications and all supporting documents must be submitted June to October. Anything submitted before or after these dates will NOT be considered. Submit a minimum of one original letter of recommendation from an employer who is a current or past member of the jewelry industry.
The letter must be typed, preferably on the jeweler’s own letterhead. If you are new to the industry, a letter of recommendation from a previous employer, college, or university professor is acceptable.
GIA staff and instructors cannot provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from parents or relatives will not be considered.
Application Deadline : All documents must be submitted June to October.