Boyds establish YSU scholarship

Staff report


Joan J. and Willard L. Boyd have established a scholarship at Youngstown State University to assist qualified minority students who have an interest in pursuing a degree in health or medical-related careers in clinical laboratory science.

Joan Boyd is a full professor at YSU and was granted emeritus status this year. She began her tenure in the Department of Allied Health (now known as Health Professions) in 1977, after completing seven years as a professional clinical laboratory scientist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

She was instrumental in developing and designing the program curricula, coordinating the MLT/MLS programs at YSU and later becoming the director of both programs until 1991.

Joan Boyd earned a doctorate from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati in 1993, a master’s degree in health care from Central Michigan University in 1980 and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in 1975 from YSU, preceding a 12-month internship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in 1960. During her tenure at YSU, Joan Boyd published more than 17 scholarly articles in referred journals that included newspapers and magazines. She was recognized three times as Distinguished Professor in Community Service, Teaching and Scholarship.

Willard L. Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree from YSU in 1976 and completed graduate courses in education and management in 1980 at YSU. He served as postmaster in the Youngstown Postal Services for 14 years after serving in several managerial positions. He is involved in the community and serves on several boards.

Applicants for the scholarships must be a minority student majoring in either the two- or four-year clinical laboratory program at YSU, must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum 2.5 GPA, must be a resident of Northeastern Ohio or Western Pennsylvania and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. First preference will be given to graduates of the Youngstown Early College High School program. Selection will be made by a scholarship committee of the Clinical Laboratory Department in conjunction with the YSU Foundation and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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