... well, technically yesterday -- the Third Day -- the GIA gave to me... a scholarship for 2016!
The e-mail came late yesterday afternoon, announcing that I had been granted some scholarship funding for the Graduate Gemologist program. I am already in the midst of my studies, but this means I can continue them and (hopefully) complete the program sometime in the coming year.
I am a little shocked, totally thrilled, and extremely grateful for the recommendations and support of my family and fellow industry members, all of whom contributed to the application effort.
Education and the pursuit of knowledge: what a wonderful gift to receive for the new year!