The Michael V. Boyd Memorial Scholarship
The Organization of Black and Hispanic Alumni
Binghamton University, State University of New York
In the Fall of 1989, the Organization of Black and Hispanic Alumni of Binghamton University commenced a fund-raising project specifically designed to create scholarships for students of African/Latin descent at Binghamton University.
The Michael V. Boyd '79, '87 Memorial Scholarship, currently endowed in excess of sixty-two thousand dollars and
administered by The Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton,
Inc., is the result of generous contributions of alumni, faculty, staff, administrators
and friends of the University.
This merit-based scholarship, named in honor of Michael V. Boyd, a dear friend, fellow alumnus and Director of the Educational Opportunity Program from 1986 to 1994, following his untimely death in 1994, awards a fifteen hundred dollar scholarship annually. The recipient of the award should be a person who shares Michael's commitment to higher learning, his willingness to selflessly guide and assist others in the striving for and reaching their goals, and his willingness to serve the needs of the Binghamton community as well as the University.
The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed a minimum of four semesters, calculated by the number of credit hours earned. First preference is offered to students of African/Latin descent. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have exceptional service to the University and/or local community. Applicants must also submit letters of support and the service requirement must be verifiable.
In addition, each applicant is required to write an essay on a topic to be determined on an annual basis by the Organization. By submitting the essay, the writer consents to have the submission published by the University or Organization. The submission of the essay becomes the property of the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations. A committee consisting of members of the Organization and the University community has been established to screen the essays.
The scholarship award will be applied to the academic year following the selection and will comprise part of the recipient's overall financial aid award for that academic year.