AGA Gemological Education Scholarship Program
The deadline for the 2016 Scholarship has ended for this year. Check back later for information and applications for next year. Thank you.
About the Scholarship
- AGA defines a scholarship as a payment made to support a student's education.
- The scholarship is open to anyone who is interested and will be actively working in the field of gemology. No experience is necessary but a willingness to further their education in this field is a must.
- Scholarship monies will be paid directly to the teaching institution when the selected candidate confirms the educational opportunity in which they will participate. The monies must be dispersed within the allotted time frame and any unused portion will revert back to AGA.
- The type and amount of scholarship awarded are determined by the AGA Educational Scholarship and Research Grants Committee (ESRGC) as authorized by the AGA Board. (In 2016, AGA presented one scholarship up to $5000 that was applied towards the tuition of a qualifying gemological course or workshop at an AGA recognized gemological training institute as determined by the AGA Board. Please use the link in the top right corner to see information about the awardee.)
- Recipients will have until the end following year from the date the scholarship is awarded to complete the course, class, or workshop successfully.
- Scholarships DO NOT include travel, hotel or other associated expenses.
Who Can Apply
- The candidate should have minimum of high school or equivalent diploma and be acceptable by the AGA recognized gemological training institute.
- In case of international students from non-English speaking countries, individuals may be required to demonstrate English proficiency to the AGA recognized gemological training institute. If the program is offered in a language other than English, the participating institute will approve the applicant's level of education or language skill.
- The applicant should demonstrate a very good reason and willingness to work in the gem/jewelry business in their proposal.
- The applicant should demonstrate reliability and a professional attitude during the application process and in the final interview.
- The applicant is required to sign the application form acknowledging that failure to complete the program will require full reimbursement to AGA. Extraordinary circumstances will be evaluated by the AGA Board.
- The scholarship is open to anyone except ESRGC members or AGA board members and their family members.