Press Release

Need-Based Scholarships Offered by GIA Year-Round

Merit-based scholarship applications opened April 15

CARLSBAD, Calif. – April 17, 2023 – GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) industry-leading and globally-recognized diploma and certificate programs educate professionals with the skills needed for success in the gem and jewelry industry. A scholarship from GIA helps make achieving those educational goals financially attainable. There are need-based and merit-based scholarships available for this year to those who qualify. View all scholarships here:
Need-based scholarships are accessible year-round for prospective U.S. students; these require a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GIA is accepting merit-based scholarship applications from prospective U.S. and international students starting April 15, 2023, until May 15, 2023, for classes starting July through December 2023. GIA will accept merit-based scholarship applications for classes starting in 2024 beginning in August 2023.
“One of the most important ways we ensure consumer trust and confidence in the gem and jewelry industry is by making our education accessible to students and professionals throughout the supply chain to help them improve their knowledge and skills,” said Duncan Pay, GIA senior vice president of education and chief academic officer.
For details on eligibility, how to apply and the required documents, visit

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.