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GIA, AGS Launch Beatrice Shipley Scholarship

She was instrumental in helping her husband Robert found both organizations.
Jul 31, 2019 9:23 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and its sister organization, the American Gem Society (AGS), have established a scholarship in honor of the contributions made by Beatrice Shipley.

Shipley, the wife of GIA and AGS founder Robert Shipley, provided the emotional, financial and managerial support that enabled both institutes to be created, the GIA said Tuesday. The Beatrice Shipley Scholarship will provide tuition for one AGS member to enter the GIA’s on-campus graduate gemology program.

“We are delighted that our two organizations, with our shared missions of protecting consumers and ensuring their trust in gems and jewelry, continue to work closely together to provide education for the next generation of jewelry professionals,” said GIA president and CEO Susan Jacques. “Neither AGS nor GIA would exist today if it were not for Beatrice Shipley’s contribution to our founding and success.”

In addition, the GIA will offer $2 million in scholarship funds in 2020. The grants will be available to US and international students interested in its gemology and jewelry-manufacturing arts programs, distance-education courses, and lab classes.

“Scholarships are an important part of our mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry, and our goal of educating the next generation of industry professionals,” said GIA vice president and chief academic officer Duncan Pay.

The GIA has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships since 2010, funded by the GIA Endowment Fund and private donors. The application period will run from August 1 to September 30.

Image: Beatrice Shipley. (Gemological Institute of America)
Tags: AGS, American Gem Society, Beatrice Shipley, Beatrice Shipley Scholarship, Duncan Pay, Gemological Institute of America, GIA, GIA Endowment Fund, Rapaport News, Robert Shipley, Susan Jacques
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