2014 Clark Scholarship

Donald Clark, CSM

Donald Clark, CSM, posing with some Quartz

The International Gem Society ("IGS") was founded by Donald Clark, CSM with the mission to improve people's access to information about the field of gemology.  As a result, IGS seeks to encourage students who have a particular interest in geology, gems, lapidary arts or gemology.  In honor of Donald Clark, IGS has endowed a $750 annual scholarship.

We encourage any student to apply for our annual scholarship opportunity detailed below.  You do not need to be a gemology student or trade student to apply - all students are eligible.

Who's eligible:

Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any time during calendar year 2014 at any accredited American college, university or trade school.


A $750 scholarship will be awarded for the best submitted answer to the question below.


Submission deadline is December 15, 2014.


A $750 scholarship will be awarded; this money can be used toward tuition or books.  The scholarship must be paid directly to your institution.

How do I apply?

Submit your essay, 1,000-word minimum, on the topic below. One exceptional essay on the topic will be chosen and published on the International Gem Society website.  Please email your essay to admin@gemsociety.org

Submission Deadline:

December 15, 2014 (now closed to further submissions.  Winner and 2015 Clark Scholarship will be announced in late January)

Award Date:

January 15, 2015

To apply for this scholarship, please submit your answer to the following question:

Why are colored gemstones better than diamonds for an engagement ring or other high end jewelry? 

Answers must be a minimum of 2 typed pages in Times New Roman 12 font. There is no maximum page limit. Creativity is strongly encouraged.

Terms of this Scholarship
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