Outside Scholarships



This list has been compiled for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement by GIA. All information listed is subject to change; please contact the individual companies for updated information.

AGS Member Scholarship for GIA Education

The American Gem Society (AGS) has received a generous grant from GIA to fund awards for GIA education to AGS members. This gift allows AGS members scholarships to the prerequisite education required to apply to earn AGS credentials. Award recipients may use funds toward the Applied Jewelry Professional™ Program, or toward Diamond Grading Lab classes held in New York and Carlsbad.

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Chairish Scholarship Program

Chairish is offering a scholarship designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and students who are majoring in design-related fields such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering fields.

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Diamonds Do Good Diversity Scholarship

Diamonds Do Good launched this special scholarship program aimed at increasing diversity in the natural diamond and jewelry industry in the United States by awarding up to five deserving individuals with a scholarship for GIA’s Graduate Diamonds Program through distance education.  This scholarship was made possible through a grant from GIA’s Endowment Fund, and is open to members of BIPOC and other underrepresented communities in the US.

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Female Veteran Grant (Sponsored by Jewelers Mutual)

The WJA is proud to offer a Female Veteran Grant in partnership with Jewelers Mutual. This merit-based grant will be awarded to a deserving US Military veteran to use towards her professional growth within the jewelry and/or watch industries. Applicants do not need to be a WJA Member to apply.

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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.

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Lonia Tate Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Ben Bridge

This scholarship, sponsored by Ben Bridge Jeweler, is awarded in memory of Lonia Tate, Registered Jeweler, and long-term associate at Ben Bridge Jeweler. Lonia was passionate about the jewelry industry, was heavily involved in community service, and served as the first Black President of the Seattle Chapter of Executive Women International. This scholarship is for the GIA Graduate Gemology Program (distance learning only)and includes an internship* with Ben Bridge Jeweler following the completion of the gemological program. This scholarship and internship is for a minority candidate who intends to have a career in the fine jewelry industry.

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Live Your Dream Scholarship

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards is the signature project of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Soroptimist International of Oceanside Carlsbad is one of nearly 1,400 clubs that make up Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer organization for women committed to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Applications are due each year by November 15, and are accepted between July 1 and November 15. Award recipients will be notified between January and June. 

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Scholarship

The Marine Corps scholarship foundation provides need-based scholarship to the children of Marines enrolled in accrdited career and technical education Progam.

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MJSA Education Foundation

MJSA Education Foundation offers scholarships for students who intend to pursue a career in the jewelry industry. Students are strongly encouraged to apply if they are currently enrolled or have been accepted to a jewelry-related program at accredited colleges and universities.

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RJO Foundation Scholarship

The RJO Foundation, established in 2015, is proud to provide scholarships to encourage the independent retail jeweler to further his/her education. The scholarship is available exclusively to RJO members and is awarded two times per year. Members may apply for the scholarship at any time during the year and recipients will typically be awarded in April and October of each calendar year.

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The Pearl Source

As the world’s leading online retailer of fine pearl jewelry, The Pearl Source has set the standard for offering only the high-quality cultured pearls to its customers. Today they are the proud sponsors of an ongoing scholarship to GIA for aspiring jewelers.

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Dr. Summit Shah MD Scholarship

Dr. Summit Shah has been a tireless advocate of access to higher education and has founded the Summit Shah Scholarship to ensure that deserving students from all parts of the economic spectrum can reach their academic goals. One student will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to their higher learning education. Eligible students are graduating high school students who have been accepted a college, university or trade/vocational school or who are currently enrolled in any major or area of study. To apply for the $1000 Dr. Summit Shah Scholarship please follow the prompts to apply and submit a short essay (500 words or less) sharing some of the professional goals you hope to achieve in the next five years.

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Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarships

Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) is accepting applications for its scholarship program, open to students enrolled in a jewelry or metalsmithing program at an accredited college, university or training school. Applicants do not need to be a WJA Member to apply.

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