Workshops & Scholarships
The Boyd Fellow of the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment is named after a nationally-renowned individual who pioneered in the field of religion, banking, publications, printing, and manufacturing. Dr. R. H. Boyd founded the National Baptist Publishing Board (one of the nation's oldest religious publishing houses), Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Company (one of the nation's oldest banks), and many other historical churches, businesses, and organizations.
In the year 2000, with the beginning of the new millennium, the National Baptist Publishing Board placed its operational aspects in a new corporation, the R. H. Boyd Publishing Corporation, which is named in honor of its founder. This corporation represents a global name in publishing and has for more than one hundred years.
Through the R.H. Boyd Corporation the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund has established the Graduate Fellowship Program, which will award graduate Boyd Fellowships to African-American students in the fields of finance, business administration, journalism, theology/religion, or any major as approved by the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund.
The purposes of our scholarships or grants are to promote knowledge and participation in the African-American heritage and the African-American culture of students and to increase the number of minority graduate degree holders in the above fields of study, which are of particular interest to the R.H. Boyd Corporation. The amount of each fellowship is a maximum of $8,000 per year for the master's degree and $10,000 per year for the doctoral degree.
The R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund reserves the right at any time, with or without notice, to modify, amend, and change the policies and rules of the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund. Said modification, change, or amendment may operate retrospectively or prospectively as determined by R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund. The Boyd Endowment Fund Committee welcomes applications and referrals for potential Boyd Fellows.
Boyd Fellow Guidelines
1. The student must be an African American residing in the United States and matriculating in a program of study wherein African-American representation among master's and doctoral degree holders is historically less than the proportion of African American's in the U.S. population.
2. The applicant must have at least a 3.0/4.0 grade point average on the undergraduate level and be enrolled or accepted in an accredited graduate school, majoring in appro priate field(s) of study.
3. The applicant must major in finance, business administration, journalism, theology/religion, or any other major as approved by the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund while matriculating at an accredited university for his/her undergraduate or graduate degree.
4. The student must submit an original application, including a personal photograph, an official undergraduate transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation. All materials must be sent to the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund, R. H. Boyd Company, 6717 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1017.
5. All applications must be submitted to the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund postmarked no later than January 15th.
6. The R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund will judge each completed application according to (a) the field of study, (b) academic potential (c) financial need, and (d) the purpose, goals, and objectives for Boyd Fellows.
7. The successful applicant will be named a Boyd Fellow and shall be notified by mail, receiving instructions for obtaining funds.
8. The Boyd Fellow must submit a budget plan for expenditure of funds. At the end of each semester (within ten (10) days), he/she must also submit a statement that itemizes the semester's expenses as applied to the Boyd Endowment Fund Fellowship. The statement must include an attached copy of the grades for that semester with an official copy of the grades to be sent by the university within fifteen (15) days of the submittal of the statement.
9. The monies granted from the fund may be used to pay college fees, tuition, and the purchase of books and educational materials for research expenses.
10. The Boyd Fellow may receive the fellowship funds on a per semester allotment, whereby he/she must complete a minimum of nine (9) semester hours on the appropriate graduate level each semester.
11. The student must maintain an acceptable grade point average (3.0/4.0) or better.
12. For the master's degree:
13. For the doctoral degree:
14. Applications must be received by January 15th.
THE APPLICATION FORM
Please submit a vita or resume, including work history and a two-page essay on your career and professional goals. Your application must include a personal photograph. The application package is limited to ten (10) typed pages.
All official transcripts of undergraduate colleges and universities from which you have degrees must be submitted directly to the Fellowship Committee by said colleges and universities and should arrive by the application deadline, January 15th.
Please read the following statement and sign your application.
The undersigned applicant understands that this application is being submitted and acted upon pursuant to the resolutions, rules, and regulations of the R.H. Boyd Company. The applicant also understands that the funds and monies for the The Boyd Fellow of the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund may be withdrawn and cancelled at any time at the sole discretion of the R.H. Boyd Company. The undersigned hereby certifies that the information in this application and any other information provided are true and correct.
The undersigned further agrees to provide such additional information as is requested by the R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund.
Applicant Signature _________________________ Date _________________
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