Anne Saunders Boyer and Julian Flint Boyer Scholarship
The Anne Saunders Boyer and Julian Flint Boyer Fund, or Boyer Fund, provides one-year $3,000 awards to three Orange County High School graduates who plan to attend a college or university on a full-time basis. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and proven leadership accomplishment. The evaluation process for awards weighs the criteria as follows: financial need (40%), academic achievement (30%), and leadership accomplishment (30%).
The fund was established in 2004 by William P. Boyer, Ph.D., to honor his parents, Anne Saunders Boyer and Julian Flint Boyer. Dr. Boyer graduated as President of his class from Orange County High School in 1934, and from the Virginia Military Institute in 1938. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1942 where he served as President of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1941-42, was a member of the UVa Honor Court, Sigma Xi, and the Raven Society. He entered the US Army as a 2nd Lt. in February, 1942, and was assigned to the 742nd Light Tank Battalion at Fort Ord, California. He was discharged as a Major in February, 1946. On May 5th, 1945 he married Norma Secrest in Carmel, California.
After the War he returned to Virginia where he became an Instructor in Chemistry at VMI 1946-1947. In July of ’47 he joined Virginia Carolina Chemical Corporation in Richmond, and was appointed Vice President of VCC in 1959. When Mobil Oil bought VCC in 1964, Dr. Boyer transferred as a Vice President to the Mobil Chemical Co., a division of Mobil Oil Corp., in New York. Although he retired from Mobil in 1973, he continued as a consultant to Mobil Chemical Co. until 1983.
The Boyers lived in Richmond from 1947 to 1970, in Greenwich, CT while Dr. Boyer was working in New York with Mobil, and returned to Richmond in 1973 where they remained until 1985. They then moved to Virginia Beach where Dr. Boyer had been living until ill health forced him into a nursing facility in Norfolk shortly before his passing on August 23, 2014.
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Three Anne Saunders Boyer & Julian Flint Boyer Scholarships, each in the amount of $3,000, were awarded to Amber Schaar, Ayana Braxton and Ana Reuss by Martha Roby, OCEF board member.
“I was really shocked at first,” said Schaar. “I didn’t think they really called my name. When I realized it was me, I felt excited and proud and grateful. This money will really help with tuition expenses at Bridgewater College where I’ll be studying psychology next year. I plan to get a Master’s Degree after I finish at Bridgewater, so this scholarship starts me off in a good way!
“What a blessing this scholarship is to my family,” said Braxton. “It will help my parents so much! It makes continuing my education easier in lots of ways. I just thank God for this blessing. I’m still a little shocked and so, so grateful.” “Getting these scholarships is really exciting for me and my parents” added Reuss. “I already have a summer job so with these scholarships I can guarantee that tuition for my first year at Virginia Tech is covered.”
Kayla Robinson (left) and Ashanti Demas both received Anne Saunders Boyer and Julian Flint Boyer Awards. Ashanti plans to attend Tennessee Tech University. When asked how she felt about winning the award she said, “I am very happy, very excited, very blessed and very grateful. I am at a loss for words.”