Prestigious Boyer Scholarship Increases Award




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Mary Pham, a rising senior, is the 15th recipient of the Boyer Scholarship.

The prestigious Boyer Scholarship increases its award to $20,500 per year, the largest annual honor scholarship award on the U of A campus. The scholarship is awarded to a freshman attending the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

“Walton College is so grateful for the support of Tommy and Sylvia Boyer,” said Matthew A. Waller, Dean of Walton College. “Thanks to her lifelong generosity, a majoring business student can focus on her studies and continue on a high-achieving path. It really changes the lives of students.

Mary Pham, the current Boyer scholarship recipient, is a rising senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems. This summer, she’s working at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as an IT Product Manager Intern on a project that deals with retail supply chain automation. The Conway native received the scholarship in 2018.

“This scholarship has changed my life for sure,” Pham said. “Besides the obvious financial support he gave me, he also gave me confidence in the school, peace of mind and connection to great people, including the Boyers themselves.”

Scholarship recipients must:

  • Pursue a business major at Walton College
  • Be enrolled in an Arkansas high school
  • Display strong academic performance and curriculum
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative
  • Demonstrate financial need

The minimum qualifications for the scholarship consideration include:

  • 32 ACT (composite score on an exam) or 1430 SAT
  • 3.90 weighted high school GPA

“I recommend being yourself for the interview, and make sure you show your true personality and have the drive to exceed expectations in college,” Pham advises high school students applying for the award. .

Tommy and Sylvia Boyer, both University of Alberta alumni, established the Boyer Fellowship in 2000.

Tommy Boyer, BSBA ’64, was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2013. He is currently a member of the U of A Board of Trustees. Boyer served as Chairman of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board of Walton College, chair of the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame selection committee and was the college’s keynote speaker in 2008. Boyer served as co-chair of the University of Alberta’s campaign for the 21st century from 2000 to 2002.

Sylvia Boyer, BSE ’63, served on the national board of directors of the Arkansas Alumni Association from 1988-1999, serving as president in 1996-1997. She served as Chair of the Campaign and Alumni House Renovation Project from 1996-1999 and also served with her husband on the Campaign Steering Committee and as Vice Chair of the College/School/Unit Subcommittee. and regional of this committee.

Pham is the 15th recipient of the award.

“The Boyers are wonderful people, and many people I know are honored to have known them,” Pham said. “I see them about twice a year since I started college (mainly due to COVID restrictions and my busy schedule). They have been very supportive of my career path and have even said when I got my first B that it made me look human on my resume!”

Applications for the Boyer Scholarship 2023 will be available soon. For more information on the award, visit the U of A’s Specialized university scholarships page.

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