Samuel Boyd is remembered for his love of music, internet hosting cookouts and his fraternity—Delta Kappa Epsilon—and his want to assist others. In his reminiscence, dad and mom Morgan and Ginger Boyd have established the Samuel A. “Sam” Boyd Endowed Scholarship for Delta Kappa Epsilon at Troy College.
Sam graduated from Enterprise Excessive College with honors in 2014 earlier than making his approach to TROY the place he grew to become an energetic member and Chapter Advisor of DKE Fraternity. He graduated from TROY in 2019 with a bachelor’s diploma in rehabilitation, and was then accepted to the celebrated Orientation and Mobility Grasp’s Program at Salus College in Pennsylvania.
Sam handed away within the spring of 2021 from issues with epilepsy. He liked his pets, a canine and two cats, his little sister, Anna, his fraternity brothers and sending his mother jokes and had desires of serving to blind and visually impaired kids.
“His service was standing room solely, so that basically confirmed the impression he had on everybody he met,” Ginger, his mother, stated. “All of them stated that he simply accepted all people, irrespective of who they had been. He was very kind-hearted. He was very affected person.”
Sam’s image was painted onto the DKE letters together with details about epilepsy.
The Boyds are a TROY household—Ginger has each her bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from TROY, and her husband, Morgan, has his bachelor’s and two masters’ levels from the College. To Ginger and Morgan, TROY was the clear selection for Sam to make his home-away-from-home. But it surely took Sam a short time longer to heat as much as the thought.
“Someday throughout his freshman 12 months he began telling me, ‘I do know now why you wished me to go to TROY.’ He realized that is the place he might slot in with the individuals,” she stated. “That is the place he belonged and he simply needed to get right here to see it and discover his individuals. I believe that’s the aim of becoming a member of in with a fraternity or sorority; you hear lots of people say you’re shopping for pals, however that’s not what you’re doing. You’re assembly individuals which are such as you.”
Sam discovered a house at DKE and developed robust bonds together with his fraternity brothers, usually taking part in and recording music collectively. After his passing, DKE made the Epilepsy Basis of Alabama their yearly philanthropy undertaking and named their chapter room after him. In addition they positioned his portrait on the DKE letters together with details about epilepsy.
Certainly one of Sam’s shut pals and fraternity brother, Evan, even reached out to the Epilepsy Basis for medical coaching and educated the opposite members of DKE.
“We felt like they actually stored Sam’s title on the market,” Ginger stated. “He liked TROY and he liked his fraternity and we don’t need him to be forgotten. That’s why it was significant for us to ensure that the scholarship went to a DKE member… as a result of they’ve continued to honor our son’s reminiscence and do it with such grace and dignity.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, a scholar have to be a member of DKE, be a junior or senior and have and keep a minimal GPA of three.0. First choice may also be awarded to college students who’ve proven educational enchancment since their freshman 12 months, like Sam.
Sam and household
“When he graduated highschool he was at a 4.0 and obtained to TROY, and, like everybody else, together with me once I got here right here, had fun,” his father Morgan stated with amusing. “After the primary 12 months he misplaced his scholarship, however then he obtained it again. They gave him that one probability to earn it once more, and that’s why we thought in regards to the juniors and seniors. Hopefully the cash will help them to go forward and provides them that nudge and graduate.”
For the primary house sport of the soccer season, Ginger and Morgan made the journey from Enterprise to Troy to see the sport and the fraternity home their son referred to as house. It was the start of philanthropy week, and DKE members who by no means met Sam, affectionately nicknamed “Bubbles,” had been elevating funds for epilepsy advocacy.
“At his service we had their motto, ‘The gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow’ on our son’s memorial playing cards as a result of that was him to a T,” Ginger stated. “After attending to know a few of his frat brothers, I perceive why that’s their motto. It’s undoubtedly becoming.”
To use for the Samuel A. “Sam” Boyd Endowed Scholarship for Delta Kappa Epsilon at Troy College, click on right here.
For extra info on establishing a scholarship at Troy College, please contact the Workplace of Improvement at (334) 670-3297.