Scholarship Application Instructions

The next scholarship application period will be in Spring 2022​.


GIA-administered scholarships are available for GIA campuses worldwide.

  • Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships.
  • Applicants are eligible to be awarded one scholarship each calendar year.
  • All applications must be submitted online through the GIA website
  • Applications are accepted ONLY during the application period.

The number of scholarships awarded, as well as the amount of each award, will vary by campus location, the number of qualified applicants received and GIA’s ability to effectively deliver the course or program due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several of GIA's scholarships may be awarded based on student financial need. Students in the U.S. seeking need-based scholarships for GIA on-campus programs are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Those students opting not to complete the FAFSA application will not be considered for need-based scholarships.


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, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Chinese language ONLY), and Thailand.

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


Application form available on GIA website ONLY during application periods. 

Each applicant will be required to have a GIA student profile, which should be created prior to beginning the scholarship application process. Create your student profile and receive your GIA student ID number.  If you are a returning GIA student but do not yet have an application portal account, please fill out this application and provide the required information so we can retrieve your records. 

Any required documents 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 a minimum of one letter of reference (two allowed). The second additional document may include - a portfolio, awards/honors earned, news/trade articles, or a personal statement. Applications submitted without required documents, or incorrect documents, will be rejected.

Applicant must indicate a program of study and the method of study (oncampus, 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 remains eligible to apply for a new scholarship the following calendar year. 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. However, assistance during normal business hours will be provided to any applicant experiencing a technical issue before the deadline that is caused by the GIA scholarship program. Contact us for any technical issue.


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 states who they are, how they know you, why they are recommending you for a GIA scholarship, and why they believe a GIA scholarship award will help you achieve your goals.
  • Typed (not handwritten) in English (or a translation done by a professional must be included).
  • If possible, the letter writer should be from a professional company but CANNOT be a relative, family member or current GIA employee. Other acceptable letter writers are from non-profit organizations, an employer, a co-worker, your church, a former teacher, a community organization to which you belong, a place where you volunteer, or similar organizations.
  • Letter MUST BE SIGNED & DATED within past 12 months, and MUST INCLUDE all contact information (name, address, phone and email address), written on company letterhead if available.
  • ACCEPTABLE document format: PDF, Word document or jpeg. NOT ACCEPTABLE document format (will be rejected): rtf, txt or odt files, zip folders or scans of social media pages.


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

 Outside Scholarships


Contact us or call at +1 800 421 7250, Ext 4131 (U.S. and Canada only) or +1 760 603 4131.