GIA Participates in Auction for America, Announces Scholarship

October 17, 2001

GIA Participates in Auction for America, Announces Scholarship

The Gemological Institute of America announced today it donated products from its GIA GEM Instruments inventory to eBay's Auction for America, a fund-raising auction to benefit disaster relief work following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. All auction proceeds will go toward the September 11 Fund and aid the families of the thousands killed in New York, Washington and Western Pennsylvania.

GIA's auctions will include a GIA GEM Instruments' GemoLite® Super 60 Zoom Mark X and accompanying Overhead Light Source, which have a combined retail value of $3,995. Also, more than a dozen jewelry and gemology books will be up for bid. The 10-day auction will begin today. To bid on any of GIA's items, visit

GIA also announced it has established a new scholarship through a donation from the California Jewelers Association. The Robert B. Westover Scholarship will be for individuals interested in taking any on-campus, distance education or extension course at GIA. One student will be awarded up to $1,000 to be used toward any GIA program annually. To qualify, applicants must be a CJA member or related to a member.

The deadline to apply for the Robert B. Westover Scholarship is Nov. 30, and the recipient will be announced in January 2002. For more information, call 800-421-7250, ext. 4004, or visit Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 760-603-4004.

- by Julia M. Duncan

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