Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Lorraine Schwartz have announced their Gemological Institute of America scholarship recipients, who will each receive a full tuition fee to earn the GIA Gemological Diploma through distance education.
This scholarship, offered by jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz and her close friend and longtime client, multi-talented performer, record producer and philanthropist Beyoncé, is rooted in the understanding that education creates opportunities that can lead to success. generational wealth.
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“I was impressed with their passion and the knowledge of gems that so many contestants displayed,” Beyoncé explained. “I pray that this is just the beginning to open more doors for diversity and raw inspiration in the jewelry industry.”
Following Beyoncé’s selection of scholarship recipients, Audriana Osborne and Shelton Bradford, the artist announced that she will fund a third scholarship, naming Kulla Jatani the winner.
“The global gemstone and jewelry industry is fused by specialized expertise and a diversity of different experiences, voices and backgrounds. All of these help foster creativity, relevance and ultimately success. Diversity is essential for us to continue to prosper in the future, ”said Susan Jacques, President and CEO of GIA. “We’re honored to have worked with Beyoncé and Lorraine to create educational opportunities that can transform the course of a lifetime – and for it to benefit three people, it’s even more special.
Each scholarship is valued at over $ 20,000 and includes tuition, fees, equipment and travel and other expenses for on-campus lab courses.
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