Boyd Family Scholarship Fund

Minimum GPA: 2.7
Amount: $1,000
Location or HS: Glenville High School
Deadline: March 15, 2021
App Type: General App

Purpose: To advance education by providing scholarship support for African-American graduating seniors of Glenville High School.

About the Fund: The Boyd Family Scholarship is being established by the children of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Boyd to continue their parents’ legacy of faith, education, and working and giving. 

About Clarence and Elizabeth Boyd: Clarence R. Boyd and Elizabeth Thomas were married in 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. They had three children. In the early 1950’s, they purchased a home on E. 111th Street off Superior Avenue in the Glenville community.

They raised their family in a Christian environment and placed a high value on education and being able to provide for self and others. They were active church members, initially, of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and later united with Shiloh Baptist Church, in 1973. Clarence was a Deacon and Elizabeth was a Deaconess. Neither Clarence nor Elizabeth ever received a college education, but they used their God-given abilities to provide for themselves, their children, and others. Clarence provided for his family by working at Republic Steel Corporation in manufacturing. Elizabeth supplemented the family income by primarily working for the Cleveland Board of Education at Parkwood Elementary School and East Technical High School in cafeteria services.

Clarence and Elizabeth passed from this life in 1986 and 2014 respectively. Their value for education and providing for self and others paid off as all of their children graduated from Glenville High School, Ronald (1967), Michael (1970), and Carol (1974). Their children received 5 college degrees and gainful employment. 


  • African-American
  • Glenville High School graduating senior
  • Enrolling at a 2-year (including certification program) or 4-year accredited, Pell-eligible, educational institution on a full-time basis (12 credit hours per term) for college/university enrollment or full-time equivalent at a certification/vocational program.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 grade scale
  • Financial Need
  • Active Church Member

Application Method: Submit a General Application and Basic Requirements through our Scholarship Gateway

Selection Process: A selection committee appointed by the Cleveland Foundation will review the information required to evidence eligibility for this scholarship and recommend scholarship finalists to the Cleveland Foundation.

Award Process: Formal notification of award will be made by the Cleveland Foundation to the selected recipient(s). Awards will be paid to the school for the benefit of the student and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for coursework. 

Recipient requirements:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment status
  2. Submit a grade report via email for each term
  3. A thank you note to the donors and selection committee for this fund is not required but always appreciated and may be sent via email.

One-time award: This is a one-time award and may not be renewed for subsequent years.