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We are pleased to announce that through the support of the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative Roots Class, Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and Department of Social Justice, we have created the Kedar I. Boyce Memorial Scholarship for continuing MBMI students!

This scholarship is named in honor of the late Kedar Ishmael Boyce, a participating member of the original class of Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative (MBMI), also known as The Roots, in 2009. Unfortunately, on February 24, 2017 Kedar lost his life in a motorcycle accident. To honor his legacy, The Roots developed this memorial scholarship to aid young MBMI brothers as they transition into their sophomore year who exemplify academic achievement, passion for education, good character, and brotherhood.

In 2018, we were able to raise and award $600 in scholarships. In 2019, we were able to raise and award $1,200 in scholarships. As the MBMI program continues to grow, we are looking to award the Kedar I. Boyce Memorial Scholarship to future students of the program.

If you are interested in donating to the Kedar I. Boyce Memorial Scholarship fund, donation options are included below.

  • Online Donation
  • Check or Money Order
    • All checks or money orders are to be made out to “Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center” with “MBMI Scholarship” in the memo line. They should be mailed to 813 Virginia Ave. Columbia, MO. 65211 Attn: Donald D. Gilliam
  • University Donation
    • If you are donating on behalf of a University of Missouri department, you may donate via MoCode use the Scholarship MoCode F1769.

Any support would be deeply appreciated. The April 2018 inaugural class of scholarship recipients, members of The MBMI Roots class, and Kedar’s family are pictured below.