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Kathryn and Eugene Boyd Excellence in Education Scholarship

About the Sponsor

The Kathryn and Eugene Boyd Excellence in Education Scholarships were established in memory of two former prominent Sacramento residents.

Mr. Eugene Boyd was one of Sacramento’s leading businessmen until his death in 1980 at the age of 89. He was an area landowner and became sole owner of the E. A. Boyd Company, a Chrysler and Dodge dealership in the 1960’s. As a youth, Gene herded sheep in Shasta County and then worked in Sacramento for the railroad in soliciting freight business. While working for the railroad, he noted that automobiles were becoming a big freight item. Within ten years, he was selling cars.

Kathryn Zannon Boyd, born in Roseville in 1909, was the 8th child in her family of nine brothers and sisters. Both of her parents immigrated to the United States in 1899 from Mezzano, Italy. Her mother supported the family for many years as a mid-wife. She met Gene while working at one of his car agencies. After their marriage, she took up golf and became a well-known local golfer. She won the ladies golf tournament at the Del Paso Country Club a dozen times and was also a Sacramento City golf champion. She died in 1993.

Neither Gene nor Kathryn had the opportunity to attend college. Though they had no children, they financially encouraged their niece, nephews and their children to obtain the best education possible. In addition to hard work, they believed that a good education was important for success.

The recipients of The Kathryn and Eugene Boyd Excellence in Education Scholarships must be credential candidates who are committed to teaching in the Sacramento region for at least one year.





  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Overall 3.5 GPA or higher in teacher preparation program
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in any College of Education credential program
  • Financial need is required
  • Must be enrolled full time at time of award
  • Preference given to students committed to teaching in the Sacramento region and whose parents did not have the opportunity to attend college