By Michelle Graff
Carlsbad, Calif.--Beginning March 1, prospective Gemological Institute of America students will have the chance to apply for more than 125 scholarships totaling over $500,000.

The scholarships are for the lab’s gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts programs, courses and lab classes.

The application period will remain open for two months, closing April 30. Directions on how to apply online are available on

Scholarships are available for distance education e-learning courses and for classes at the GIA’s campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Mumbai and Taiwan.

Applicants will be considered for all available awards, ranging from $500 to as much as $22,000, for on-campus and e-learning courses, programs or lab classes.

Scholarship highlights for 2016 include:
--Two scholarships will be offered in honor of Eunice Miles, GIA’s first female gemologist and the “Grande Dame of Gemology.” One full scholarship is for the on-campus Graduate Gemologist program and another toward the Distance Education GG program;

--The 2016 Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship will award full tuition for an on-campus student in Taiwan to pursue their GG;

--The GIA Scholarship for U.S. Veterans will award scholarships of up to $1,500 each for distance education courses, programs or lab classes; and

--Kara Ross, Tiffany & Co., and William Goldberg Diamond Co. will each offer a $10,000 scholarship toward a gemology course or program.

After this scholarship period closes on April 30, the next one will open Aug. 1 and run through Sept. 30.

For more information, visit, call 760-603-4131 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Since 2013, GIA has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships to nearly 1,000 students. The GIA endowment fund and several private donors fund them.

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