October 19, 2001
GIA Creates Speisman Scholarship
The Gemological Institute of America has established a scholarship in honor of Bob Speisman, the executive vice president of Lazare Kaplan International who died in the Sept. 11 Pentagon plane crash. The Robert T. Speisman Scholarship is valued at $1,195, and is for GIA's Distance Education Diamonds Program, one of the key components required to earn the Graduate Gemologist Diploma.
"Bob was a man of great energy and enthusiasm, and his passion for the jewelry industry was inspiring to everyone who knew him," says GIA President William E. Boyajian. "This scholarship enables GIA to demonstrate our respect for Bob by contributing to the development of jewelry professionals, something we know he would appreciate."
The deadline for scholarship applications is Nov. 30, 2001, and details of the application process can be found online at GIA's Web site, www.gia.edu or by calling the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-421-7205, ext. 4005. Outside North America, call 760-603-4005.
- by Julia M. Duncan