Press Release

Scholarships Available for GIA Education in 2021

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Aug. 24, 2020 – GIA is offering $1 million in scholarships for aspiring gem and jewelry students and professionals looking to advance their careers with education from GIA in courses related to gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts offered through its campuses, distance education and lab classes. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15 for all courses, programs and classes starting before Dec. 31, 2021.
The scholarships are available for on-campus and distance education programs, and are open to U.S. and international prospective students. For details on eligibility, how to apply and required documents, visit
“To meet the challenges of the pandemic, we are adapting to provide education that positions students for success within the gem and jewelry industry,” said Duncan Pay, GIA senior vice president and chief academic officer. “We are proud to offer scholarships to help more people find rewarding careers.”
GIA has awarded more than $14 million in scholarships since 2010, helping more than 3,000 students study at GIA schools around the world and through distance education programs.
The scholarship application period was postponed from its original application period to allow GIA to assess how to effectively deliver programs and courses during the pandemic. For campus closures and updates related to COVID-19, please 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.