Jewelers of America, the national trade association of businesses of the fine jewelry industry, is offering scholarships to employees of it's members that could cover up to 60% of the costs of specified jewelry courses, jewelry programs, fine jewelry certification, and a distance learning program from the Gemological Institute of America. In addition to the scholarships, Jewelers of America is also selecting candidates to award scholarships for it's Bench Jewelers Certification Program. The organization is accepting applications from now (March 14th, 2014) until September 30th, 2014.
Jewelers of America is most well-known for it's reputation for "upholding the highest social, ethical, and business practices." The organization works closely with officials in Washington D.C. on a regular basis in regard to jewelry industry standards, such as the Kimberly Process and guidelines in regard to conflict free diamond sales. Jewelers of America also strives to provide education to their members through scholarships and other educational materials to enable fine jewelry professionals to meet the needs of their customers.
Jewelers of America is thrilled to help aspiring members of the trade achieve greater professional development from top industry education through our scholarship program,” said Susan Thea Posnock, Jewelers of America's Director of Public Affairs and Education. “Scholarships are a valuable benefit that often far exceeds the cost of annual membership and make additional jewelry training an affordable, realistic option for our member companies and their employees."
Qualified scholarship candidates are 18 years of age or older, and are employed by members of Jewelers of America. For more information on the scholarships Jewelers of America has to offer, visit their website, or call Member Services at 1-800-223-0673.