Scholarships

GIA offers scholarships during two application periods each year for its gemology, jewelry, and design programs, courses, and lab classes – March 1 through April 30 and June 15 through October 31.


GIA is now accepting online applications for the scholarship period beginning March 1.
Click here to apply now.

For scholarship questions, please call 760 603 4131, 800 421 7250 ext. 4131, or email scholarship@gia.edu

Below is a list of scholarships available for the March 1 through April 30 application period.

U. S. Scholarships

ColorMasters Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
Three scholarships available for any Distance Education eLearning course or program. Preference will be given to applicants employed by a jewelry store that carries ColorMasters products.

D. E. Foucault Wellness Scholarship
Award maximum: $500
One scholarship available for any Distance Education eLearning course, program, or lab class. Preference will be given to applicants who have experienced a recent health challenge and a financial hardship as a result.

Dr. Geoffrey Smith Scholarship
Award maximum: $500
One scholarship available for any Distance Education eLearning course or program. To qualify, applicant must have previously participated in a GIA Junior Gemologist class.

George W. Juno Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
One scholarship available for any Distance Education eLearning gemology courses.

GIA Scholarship Fund for U.S. Veterans
Award maximum: $1,500
Available for any Distance Education eLearning course, program, or lab class. Open to U.S. military veterans, including reservists and National Guard personnel. To qualify, applicants must include proof of U.S. military service.

GIA Scholarship – Distance Education eLearning
Award maximum: $1,500
Multiple scholarships available for any Distance Education eLearning course. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

GIA Scholarship – Lab Classes (Carlsbad and New York locations only)
Award maximum: Varies
Multiple scholarships available for lab classes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

GIA Scholarship – San Diego County Resident
Award maximum: $1,000
Three scholarships available for any Distance Education eLearning course or program. Applicants must reside in San Diego County.

Independent Jewelers Organization Scholarship*
Award Maximum: $500
Four scholarships available for any Distance Education eLearning gemology course or program. Available only to IJO Members or their employees (*includes Canadian Members).

Jewelers of America Scholarships
Jewelers of America (JA) has scholarships available for GIA Distance Education eLearning courses for JA members and their employees. Applicants must be at least 18 years old; have at least one year of experience working at a JA member store or two years working in the jewelry industry and not already be enrolled in another GIA Distance Education eLearning course. For more information on how to apply, visit the JA website

Mikimoto Scholarship
Award maximum: $890
Multiple scholarships available for the Distance Education eLearning Graduate Pearls Diploma program.

New Hampshire Jewelers Association Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
One scholarship available for any Distance Education eLearning course or lab class (Carlsbad and New York location only). Applicants must reside in New Hampshire.

Wisconsin Jewelers Association Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
Three scholarships available for any Distance Education eLearning course or program. Applicants must be an employee of a Wisconsin Jewelers Association member store.

Zoe Bromberg Scholarship
Award maximum: $2,000
One scholarship available for classes that fulfill the American Gem Society certification requirements. Applicants must currently work for an AGS firm and have been employed with the firm for 12 months or more.

International Scholarships

GIA Scholarship - International Distance Education eLearning Courses
Award maximum: US $1,500
Scholarships available to be applied toward any of the five Distance Education eLearning core gemology courses required for the Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma. Does not include lab classes. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. Courses available in English only.

GIA Scholarship – Hong Kong
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any on campus program at GIA’s Hong Kong campus. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

GIA Scholarship – India
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any on campus program at GIA’s India campuses. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

GIA Scholarship – London
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any lab classes at GIA’s London campus. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

GIA Scholarship - Middle East
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any on campus program at GIA’s Middle East branch located in Dubai. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

GIA Scholarship – Taiwan
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any on campus program at GIA’s Taiwan campus. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

GIA Scholarship – Thailand
Award maximum: US $ - Varies
Scholarships available for any on campus program at GIA’s Thailand campus. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

Paul J. Rushin Memorial Scholarship - Thailand
Award maximum: US $500
One scholarship available for any on campus program at GIA’s Thailand campus. Applicants must be non-U.S. citizens whose country of residence is outside the U.S.

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