2015 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 $350 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 2015 at any accredited American college, university or trade school.


A $350 scholarship will be awarded for the best submitted answer to the question below.


Submission deadline is December 15, 2015.


A $350 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, 2015 

Award Date:

January 15, 2016

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

In your opinion, what are the three most important scientific concepts underlying the study of gemology?

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.

You can see the winning essay from 2014 at this link.  We are proud to announce that Gilbert Arroyo, a student at Austin Community College, is the first winner of our annual Donal ClarkScholarship. He wrote a touching story about a treasured gemstone gift from his late grandfather to his late grandmother.

Terms of this Scholarship
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