The first Boyer Fellowship was awarded in 2000, with a total of 15 students supported thus far by the program. This article looks back at some of those who have received the fellowship in its 20+ year history and its continuing impact and legacy.
Murphy, an inaugural inductee into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame when it opened in 1999, built Murphy Oil into one of the world’s most successful and respected companies, but he also left a legacy that spoke to his deep devotion to lifelong learning.
Dillard had a healthy ambition and a vision for the future of retailing. So, unlike previous generations that thrived in mostly rural settings, he branched out until he had created one of the most successful family-run department store chains in America.
“His philosophy was: ‘The keys to success are simple – have sound moral values, seek to make a difference, seek to work harder than anyone else in the organization, value the advice of others and bury your ego,’” Pincus says. “He lived that philosophy.