Beyoncé awards $20,000 scholarship to Alabama Woman in the jewelry industry

A Montgomery, Alabama native is thrilled after being named the recipient of the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Fellowship.

Audriana Osborne was one of three people who were personally selected by the Grammy Award-winning singer to receive the $20,000 scholarship, WSFA reports. The funds will help cover Osbourne’s tuition, fees, equipment, travel and other expenses for on-campus lab classes at the Gemological Institute of America.

“I am so full of gratitude. I’m honored and so excited about this opportunity,” Osborne said. “The hope for me is to learn absolutely everything I can and merge the knowledge I have now and the career I have now with a career in the jewelry industry.”

Renowned jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz has teamed up with the superstar to create the scholarship that awards three members of the black community with full tuition for the GIA Graduate Gemologist degree. “Her work for the black community is boundless and her efforts have inspired me and made me extremely proud to be her friend and partner in this endeavor,” Schwartz said of Beyoncé.

During a videoconference announcing the winners, Beyonce congratulated the winners for their natural passion for gemology. “I was impressed with their passion and knowledge of the gems that so many candidates have demonstrated,” said the black is king said the singer. “I pray this is just the beginning of opening more doors to diversity and raw inspiration in the jewelry industry.”

Osbourne shared similar sentiments and expressed hope that other black jewelry designers apply for the jewelry scholarship. “To be able to go back and show that we are in this field and help the next person to get into it and be able to be blessed with an opportunity like I was today; to be able to get into this industry and even step forward and carry the torch,” Osborne said.