AGS Member Scholarship for GIA Education
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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.

Education Covered Under the Scholarship:

Designed for working professionals, the Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP) program covers essential information about diamonds, colored stones, precious metals and jewelry features that will help you answer customer questions with confidence and poise. Study a rich eLearning curriculum at your own pace from the convenience of your computer.

For more information on the AJP, click here.

The 5-day diamond grading lab is a hands-on way to learn to grade diamonds using a gem microscope and jeweler’s loupe. The scholarship covers on-campus lab classes at the Carlsbad, CA, and New York, NY, locations, on the below dates:

Carlsbad, CA:

  • April 22-26, 2019
  • July 8-12, 2019
  • July 29-August 2, 2019
  • September 9-13, 2019
  • September 30-October 4, 2019
  • October 21-25, 2019
  • November 11-15, 2019


    New York, NY:

  • April 8-12, 2019
  • April 29-May 3, 2019
  • June 3-7, 2019
  • July 8-12, 2019
  • August 5-9, 2019
  • August 5-20, 2019
  • September 30-October 4, 2019
  • December 2-6, 2019


    If you’re interested in taking a lab at AGS Headquarters in Las Vegas, visit the sponsorship page

  • Scholarship Applicant Requirements:

    • All applicants must meet GIA education eligibility requirements and comply with GIA policies to register in and complete all GIA coursework. For more information, click here
    • Applicant must be employed full-time by an AGS member firm in good standing
    • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of clarity of the short essay question, AGS firm membership standing, and available funds
    • Once the scholarship is awarded, the individual must register with GIA by May 1, 2019, and coursework for which the scholarship is awarded must be completed by November 30, 2019.
    • Applicant agrees to complete the requirements for the Registered Jeweler (RJ) title within one year of being awarded, including completion of the awarded GIA AJP and GIA 5-Day Diamond Grading Lab, completion of the AGS credentialing course: The AGS Way (fee not included in scholarship), ethics agreement, payment of titleholder dues and annual recertification exam
    • This scholarship does not guarantee an AGS title. The final step to earn the title of Registered Jeweler (RJ) is to complete the credentialing course: The AGS Way. This scholarship does not cover the cost of the AGS Way ($495 plus shipping)
    • Limit is one scholarship per person, including both lab and/or AJP
    • GIA lab classes are subject to change or cancel. In this case, alternative arrangements can be made. Completing the application does not guarantee a seat in the class. For more information on available classes and schedules, please visit GIA at
    • Students who do not earn an RJ title by September 1, 2020, will not qualify for future AGS scholarships

    Thank you for your interest in the 2019 scholarship! The application period is now closed. Please check back for future opportunities.


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    Mission Statement

    The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

    The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

    AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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