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. On Feb. 24, 2017, Kedar lost his life in a motorcycle accident. Kedar was more than just a member, he was known as a Brother who was truly committed to the mission and goals of MBMI. Kedar, New Jersey native, was not able to successfully continue his education at the University of Missouri due to financial restraints. During his time with MBMI, he always expressed the importance of education and activism. 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.