Women's Jewelry Association Awards Grad Female Veteran Grant
The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has awarded FIDM Jewelry Design Graduate Latoya Boyd the 2020 Female Veteran Grant, sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group. The $5,000 grant was created to lend support to women veterans who continue to serve their communities through their work in jewelry.
Originally from Los Angeles, Latoya served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic, and was deployed to Afghanistan for a year. After her honorable discharge in 2014, she enrolled in FIDM’s Jewelry Design program and graduated in 2017. She then enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America where she received a CAD (computer-aided design) certificate and also earned her Graduate Gemology (G.G.) diploma.
Latoya, who started designing fashion and jewelry as a young child, is the Owner and Designer of Latoya Boyd Jewelry where she produces custom designs and ready-made pieces. With her new grant, she plans to hire effective marketing support, such as a copywriter and photographer, as well as to pay for web hosting fees and bookkeeping software.
Learn more at latoyaboydjewelry.com and on Instagram @LatoyaBoydJewelry.
The Los Angeles chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) offers all FIDM Jewelry Design students a one year free membership. We have FIDM Alumni who are active members providing students and graduates opportunities to network and build relationships within the industry. Contact Cynthia Harvey in the FIDM Career Center for more information.