Joanna Parrish, born and raised in interior Alaska, is currently a Jewelry-Making and Repair student at North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English in 2018, she went on to serve with AmeriCorps for two years before pursuing her jewelry education. A future 2022 graduate, she hopes to go on to work as a bench jeweler and to share her love for jewelry and metal-working with her community.
2021 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
- Christiane Gozashti GIA $5,000
- Xinchen Li University of Wisconsin, Madison $5,000
- Barbara Salinas Fashion Institute of Technology $3,000
- Amber Kimlick University of North Carolina $2,500
- Jennifer Foote Academy of Art Institute $2,000
- Spriha Baid GIA $2,000
- Sara Fam GIA $2,000
- Allison Ice University of Kansas $1,500
- Sky Gilbert Winthrop University $1,000
- Naomi Chicoine San Diego State University $1,000
2021 MEMBER GRANT RECIPIENTS
The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it has awarded $20,000 in member grants to women around the country. Member Grants are awarded to female, professional-level, WJA members in good standing, in increments of $500 to be used toward professional growth.
Funds for WJA Member Grants are raised by the national organization, as well as by WJA chapters around the country. All applications are reviewed by the WJA Member Grant Committee, chaired by Lauren Johansen, Directory of Membership Strategy and Experience at the American Gem Society. All qualified applicants are entered into random drawing to determine the winners.
Proceeds from the 2020 WJA NorCal Chapter Conversations in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series coupled with funds from WJA National helped to fund additional WJA member grants this year to specifically support BIPOC applicants (Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color).
Grant Winners are listed by the WJA Chapter that submitted their names:
- Austin: Katie Heiselberg
- Boston: Elizabeth Arnold, Jill Keith
- Chicago: Jeanette Park, Pam Robinson, Susanne Siegel
- Colorado: Nan Lung Palmer
- Dallas: Ellie Lee, Gayla Moores
- DMV: Cheni Alofer, Candace Stribling
- Las Vegas: Shannon Ruther-Prescott
- Los Angeles: Lena Agdere, Tiffany Reiter
- Miami: Tiffany Joachim
- Northern California: Jennifer Hancox, Olivia Shih, Alice Son
- NY Metro: Shawndria Aghjayan, Kristine Cabanban, Jodi Innerfield, Barbara Novak, Adrianne Sanogo, Joanne Simmons, Eve Streicker
- Ohio/Kentucky: Meghan Carroll, Robyn Dufty, Dawn Grady
- Philadelphia: Lauryn Volovar
- Portland: Jessie English
- Providence: Julia Prout, Jaclyn St. Laurent
- San Diego: Sarah Andrie, Megan Cochran, Judy Colbert, Christine Lopez
- Seattle: Allison Bobrow, Wendy Woldenberg
- Twin Cities: Julie Burkhart-Haid
- Charlotte Preston "Get's it Done" Grant: Barbara Novak
2020 CARELLE GRANT WINNER
Eve Streicker, the Founder of Original Eve Designs, specializes in creating custom fine jewelry and jewelry collections. With work experience at Tiffany & Co. in education and luxury sales training, in museum and auction house settings, as well as managing jewelry production for small designers and purchasing estate jewelry from the public, Eve has a wide array of experiences that contribute to her love for jewelry, history, gemstones, and craftsmanship. Eve is a certified Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Pearl expert by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She received her M.F.A. in Metal/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art Practice from Williams College.
Eve is the President of the Metro New York Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA). She is a member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Jewelers of America (JA) and the GIA Alumni Association. Eve has work in the permanent collection of the Bernard Museum in NYC and is also the proud recipient of the WJA Shining Star Award 2017, WJA Member Grant 2015, and the Bertha Anolic Memorial Grant 2013.
2020 VETERAN GRANT WINNER (SPONSORED BY JEWELERS MUTUAL)
Latoya Boyd, originally from Los Angeles, CA is a first-generation jewelry designer, jeweler and graduate gemologist, forging her own way in the jewelry industry. Latoya has been creating fashion, accessories, and jewelry since early childhood and has been a self-taught jeweler and jewelry designer for over 22 years.
After her service in the Army, she chose FIDM to study Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing where she graduated in 2017 and earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing Arts. Latoya then attended the Gemological Institute of America where she went on to study and earn her full Graduate Gemology Degree consisting of a Graduate Diamonds Degree, Colored Stones Degree, and a Graduate Gemology Degree; she also earned a CAD for Jewelry certificate. After finishing at the GIA and taking some time away from school, she came back to school to learn more and earned a certificate in Diamond Jewelry Repair from John Fish Jewelry School.
Latoya launched her eponymous jewelry line, Latoya Boyd Jewelry, which specializes in ready to wear and fashion and fine jewelry, accessories, custom jewelry design, jewelry and watch repair, and estate jewelry. Latoya is an avid gardener and an active member in her local veteran community. She is passionate about all things gems and jewelry related and loves to design and fabricate all kinds of jewelry.