Scholarship Application Instructions

When to Apply

August 1 – September 30
Apply for a scholarship to be used towards new enrollments that begin the following calendar year.

February 1 – March 31
Apply for a scholarship to be used for new enrollments that begin the second half of the current year.


  • U.S. CITIZENS and U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENTS ONLY are eligible to apply for:

    • On-Campus Scholarships for either the Carlsbad, CA or New York campus.
    • Distance Education (eLearning) and Lab Class Scholarships.
  • INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY (non-U.S. citizens with country of residence outside the U.S.) are eligible to apply for:

    • On-Campus or Lab Class Scholarships for the following international campuses: India, London, Middle East (Dubai), Hong Kong, Taiwan (Chinese language ONLY), Thailand or Botswana.

    • International Distance Education (eLearning) Scholarships - DO NOT apply to lab class tuition.

How to Apply - Online Only

Application form available on GIA website ONLY during application periods: Application number and password allows unlimited access to form. Any required documents are attached using the computer Browse function and must be in Word, pdf or jpeg format (rtf, odt, txt, msg documents, zip folders or scans of social media are NOT acceptable).

Complete only one online scholarship application form, answer all questions, and attach required documents. Required documents include: copy of official identification card with picture, such as a passport, driver’s license, national identify card, etc.; and a minimum of one letter of recommendation (two allowed). Applications submitted without required documents, or incorrect documents, will be rejected.

Applicant must choose one program of study and one method of study (on-campus, lab class or eLearning-Distance Education). The applicant does not apply for a specific named scholarship but will be considered for all scholarships available for the program and study method chosen. Members of the scholarship review committee will match applicants with each scholarship’s criteria as outlined by the scholarship donor.

Scholarship award offers must be officially accepted or declined. When a scholarship award is accepted, the applicant is not eligible to apply again for three years. All applicants not chosen for a scholarship, or those who decline a scholarship, are encouraged to apply again.

Application must be submitted by deadline indicated. No requests for deadline extension are allowed, but assistance will be provided to any applicant experiencing a technical issue before the deadline that is caused by the GIA scholarship program. Contact for any technical issue.

Required Application Documents

LETTER(s) of RECOMMENDATION (one required, two allowed) recommending you for a GIA scholarship - NOT for employment. DO NOT attach a resume or CV.

  • Writer should be from a professional company or person, CANNOT be a relative or family member. (Alternate acceptable sources are non-profit organizations: your church, a teacher, a community organization to which you belong, a place where you volunteer, or similar organizations)

  • Letter MUST be dated and current (dated within past 12 months) and MUST include the writer’s contact information: address, phone and email address - written on company letterhead if possible. Letters submitted without this information will be rejected.

  • Writer states who they are and how long they have worked with you, or known you

  • Writer states why they want to recommend you for a scholarship - NOT for employment

  • Writer explains why they believe a scholarship will assist you to achieve your goals

Non-GIA Scholarships

GIA accepts scholarships awarded from outside sources – private companies, service organizations, state programs, employers, tribal grants, etc.


T: +1 800 421 7250, Ext 4131
T (International Callers): +1 760 603 4131

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