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GIA now accepting scholarship applications

June 17, 2014

Carlsbad, Calif.--This past Sunday, the Gemological Institute of America began accepting applications for its 2015 gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts programs, courses and lab classes. 

The applications will be available through Oct. 31 on

Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for on-campus classes in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York and Taiwan, and for the GIA branch campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

Sponsored by private donors and the GIA endowment fund, the scholarships supplement GIA’s wider scope of offerings. A number of awards for eLearning (up to $1,500) and U.S.-based lab classes (up to $1,400) are available. 

Highlights of the scholarship program include the Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship, which awards full tuition for an on-campus student in Mumbai to pursue their graduate gemologist diploma, and full scholarships for U.S. on-campus and eLearning Graduate Gemologist diploma programs created in the name of Bert Krashes and Eunice Miles, to recognize their contributions to gemology during their careers at GIA. 

Krashes, who was one of the GIA’s first students in New York and eventually became a vice president, died in January at the age of 90. Miles, who died in 1997, was the first female gemologist at the GIA’s New York lab

In January, the GIA awarded its fall 2013 scholarships, which totaled more than $500,000, to 151 students in 29 countries. 

For more information on GIA scholarships, call 760-603-4131 or email