Martin L. Boyd Memorial Fund Awards Scholarships to 14 Liberty UMC Students

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By Becky Lee, Martin L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship Committee Chair at Liberty UMC

The Martin L. Boyd Memorial Scholarship Fund is a lasting legacy and a great asset to Liberty UMC in Macon. Established in 1999, the Boyd Scholarship Committee is nearing its 20th anniversary. It is a privilege to be a part of this wonderful legacy, and we honor the memory of Martin L. Boyd, who passed away in 1998, and praise God for his foresight and generosity in establishing this scholarship.

Mr. Boyd was an entrepreneur who was successful in many business ventures; one being ownership of several Dairy Queen Restaurants in Middle Georgia. His widow, Jean Boyd, provides insight into his character and love for his church.

“Mr. Boyd came from a family of educators, and he greatly valued education. He established an educational endowment in his will as it was his desire to further the education of deserving students who currently attend Liberty UMC. He saw great potential in one of his Dairy Queen employees and paid for their entire college education,” Ms. Boyd recalls. “He was a member of the United Methodist Men, Julian Tucker Sunday School Class, and an active and faithful member of Liberty UMC. He was a man of strong faith, an astute businessman of great integrity, and a private man who was very kindhearted. He was a true Southern gentleman.”

Since 2000, over $177,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 77 students who have gone on to become teachers, pediatric nurses, mechanical engineers, child and family development counselors, English professors, and an endocrinologist. Other students have attended United Methodist seminaries and also majored in such fields as environmental and natural resources, computer science, and cybersecurity.

Boyd Scholar Caleb Lindsey attends Mercer University in Macon. He shares, “I have yet to see a church-based scholarship for education that comes close to the Boyd Scholarship at Liberty UMC. I am so thankful for a church family that so deeply values the continuation of one’s education.”

Boyd Scholar Anna Claire Suber is a community health major at Georgia College in Milledgeville. She adds, “I am honored to receive the Martin L. Boyd Scholarship. God has me where He wants me by putting people in my life for medical missions and ultimately feeding my passion for helping people – being God’s hands and feet.”

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's Fall 2018 Faith & Money newsletter.