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Ben Bridge Jeweler Announces Acceptance of Applications for the Lonia Tate Scholarship

The Lonia Tate Scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2024.




(PRESS RELEASE) SEATTLE, WA — Ben Bridge Jeweler, the distinguished family-run fine watch and jewelry retailer, announces it has opened the application process for its “Lonia Tate Scholarship.” Established in 2022 in honor of its esteemed associate Lonia Tate, this scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Lonia Tate’s passion for the jewelry industry and commitment to community. Lonia was a Registered Jeweler and long-term associate at Ben Bridge Jeweler and had a historic role as the first Black President of the Seattle Chapter of Executive Women International.

The Lonia Tate Scholarship offers a remarkable opportunity for its recipient, who will have the chance to earn a Graduate Gemologist Diploma from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Aimed to support emerging talent in the gemology field, the scholarship is specifically for minority high school graduates who aspire to work in the fine jewelry industry. With an estimated value of approximately $10,000.00, the scholarship will cover tuition, books, and necessary lab equipment for the online Graduate Gemologist program at GIA. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, the recipient will be offered a 3-month paid internship opportunity with Ben Bridge Jeweler (includes potential travel to Seattle, WA). The finalist will be chosen in conjunction with The Black in Jewelry Coalition (BJIC).

“We are proud to announce the Lonia Tate Scholarship as a tribute to our beloved colleague and her unwavering passion for the jewelry industry and her community,” says Lisa Bridge, president & CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler. “This scholarship not only honors Lonia’s legacy but also empowers aspiring gemologists to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact in the industry.”

The Lonia Tate Scholarship application deadline is May 15, 2024, and interested candidates can fill out an application and see detailed terms and conditions here.

Eligibility criteria for the Lonia Tate Scholarship include:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of enrollment in the GIA course.
  • Must be a high school graduate with the ability to start classes before September 2024.
  • Demonstrated financial need is required.
  • Reside in one of the following regions: Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego Counties), Greater Seattle Washington.
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, and belong to one of the following ethnicities: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.

For more information about the Lonia Tate Scholarship or Ben Bridge Jeweler, please contact Katie Kinsella.




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