Scholarships



2021 SCHOLARSHIPS

GIA is now accepting scholarships applications for GIA programs and courses.

The application period is currently closed.

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.

For additional details on eligibility, how to apply and required documents, click here.

General U.S. SCHOLARSHIPS

(Available ONLY for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)

GIA Scholarship Fund for U.S. Veterans
Award maximum: $3,000
Open to U.S. military veterans including reservists and National Guard personnel. To qualify, applicants must include proof of U.S. military service. (Carlsbad campus ONLY)
 
GIA Scholarship – Distance Education eLearning
Award maximum: Varies
Online eLearning courses offered through the GIA Distance Education program (English only)
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
 
GIA Scholarship – Lab Classes
Award maximum: Varies
Any lab classes (Carlsbad or New York campus)
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
 
GIA Scholarship – On Campus
Award maximum: Varies
On-Campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) program, Graduate Jeweler (GJ) program, Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT) program, Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry program and Jewelry Design (JD) program.
(Carlsbad or New York campuses only)

GIA Scholarship – Need-Based (On Campus)
Award maximum: Varies
On-Campus Programs in Carlsbad or New York: Graduate Gemologist (GG), Jewelry Design & Technology (JDT)
On-Campus Programs in Carlsbad only: Graduate Diamonds, Graduate Colored Stones, Graduate Jeweler, Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry, and Jewelry Design.
Student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
 
Mikimoto Scholarship
Award maximum: $950
Graduate Pearls program (English language courses offered through the GIA Distance Education program)

Tiffany & Co. Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
Any On Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)

GIA Innovators Scholarships

Each year GIA awards scholarships to honor the memory of GIA stalwarts who helped to build and promote gem and jewelry education, and left an indelible mark on both GIA and our industry.
 
Richard T. Liddicoat Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
On-Campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
G. Robert Crowningshield Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
On-Campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Eunice Miles Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
On-Campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Glenn Nord Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Bert Krashes Memorial Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 

Donor-Endowed Scholarships 

Mikimoto Scholarship
Award maximum: $950
Distance Education Graduate Pearls program (Carlsbad campus only)

Tiffany & Co. Scholarship
Award maximum: Full tuition
Any On Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
California Jewelers Association Scholarship
Peter Hess and Robert B. Westover Memorial Scholarships
Award maximum: $2,000
Any Distance Education eLearning courses for California resident only
(Carlsbad campus only)
 
Charles & Erna Leutwyler Scholarship
Award maximum: $18,000
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
ColorMasters Scholarship
Award maximum: $5,000
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Hearts on Fire Scholarship
Award maximum: $5,000
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)

Jack Abelson Scholarship
Award maximum: $5,000
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)

Lone Star GIAAA Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
Any Distance Education eLearning courses for California resident only
(Carlsbad campus only)
 
Milton Wolf Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,000
Applicant must California resident.  Any course or program. (Carlsbad campus only)
 
North Texas Alumni Association Scholarship
Award maximum: $1,500
Applicant must Texas resident. Any course or program.  (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Rio Grande Scholarship 
Award maximum: $6,000
Applicant must completed Graduate Gemologist program. On-Campus Graduate Jeweler (GJ) program.  (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Susan Eisen Scholarship
Award maximum: $5,000
Preference to anyone new to the industry.
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
Trillion Scholarship
Award maximum: $7,500
Applicant must New York resident.  Any Gemology On Campus program (New York campus only)
 
Tycoon Jewelry Scholarship
Award maximum: $5,000
Any On-Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)
 
William Goldberg Scholarship
Award maximum: $7,500
Any On Campus program (Carlsbad campus only)

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS


(Available ONLY for Non-U.S. Citizens or Non-U.S. Permanent Residents)

2021 Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship – GIA Taiwan Campus 
Award maximum: Full tuition
On-Campus Graduate Gemologist (GG) program
Recipient chosen from GIA Taiwan campus applicants and cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – International Distance Education
Award maximum in US $: Varies
Online eLearning courses offered through the GIA Distance Education program (English only)
Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – Hong Kong
Award maximum in US $: Varies
On-campus programs at GIA’s Hong Kong campus.
Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – India
Award maximum in US $: Varies
On-campus programs at GIA’s India campus.
Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – London
Award maximum in US $: Varies
On-campus programs at GIA’s London campus.
Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – Taiwan
Award maximum in US $: Varies
Awarded for Chinese language on-campus programs at GIA’s Taiwan campus Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
 
GIA Scholarship – Thailand
Award maximum in US $: Varies
Awarded for on campus programs at GIA’s Thailand campus.
Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.