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Ben Bridge Sponsors GIA G.G. Program Scholarship For Future BIPOC Jewelers April 19, 2021 (0 comments)


Seattle, WA—Ben Bridge Jeweler is sponsoring a new scholarship, the Lonia Tate Scholarship, available through Black in Jewelry Coalition. The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lonia Denise Tate (image), an AGS Registered Jeweler and long-term associate at Ben Bridge Jeweler. Tate passed away in 2020 at the age of 54.

The Black in Jewelry Coalition strives for the advancement of Black professionals within the gem, jewelry, and watch industry through networking, education, representation and an abundance of resources. The organization strives to promote change in the jewelry industry by providing tools and resources for professional success and growth, and recruitment for increased representation of people of color.

Lonia Tate was passionate about the jewelry industry and also was heavily involved in community service, says a statement from Ben Bridge. She served as the first Black president of the Seattle Chapter of Executive Women International. 

The scholarship (distance learning only) is for the GIA Graduate Gemology Program, and is valued at approximately $10,000 for the program and required appropriate equipment. It also includes an internship with Ben Bridge Jeweler following the completion of the gemological program. (Internship eligibility is based on Ben Bridge associate pre-employment process.) Both the scholarship and internship are reserved for a BIPOC candidate who intends to have a career in the fine jewelry industry.  

Eligibility and criteria for selection are as follows:

Applicants must submit an essay describing: 

Interested candidates should apply here.

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