WSU Foundation Scholarship reception at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane Washington.

Kiyana Boyd
Junior, Management Information Systems (MIS)
Hometown:  Federal Way, Washington


Kiyana Boyd is a first-generation college student and member of the inaugural class of First Scholars at Washington State University. She is a recipient of the Meyers Family First Scholars at WSU scholarship provided through the generosity of Gina Meyers (‘85). By giving back to her alma mater in this way, Gina is encouraging first-in-their-family college students to pursue higher education and to get the most from the opportunities provided at WSU.

Scholarship support is a definite force in Kiyana’s life.

“This scholarship makes such a difference in my life as a student; it’s hard to go unnoticed,” she says. “Being a student in college can be hard especially with all the activities that I’m involved in. This scholarship makes my life a lot easier and takes away a lot of stress.”

Kiyana Boyd and Gina Meyers (’85)

The Meyers Family First Scholars at WSU scholarship made a noticeable difference for in Kiyana’s family, as well. “They are so ecstatic that I’ve received such a prestigious scholarship. They couldn’t be happier,” she says.

Kiyana is a member of the Cougar Marching Band and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, and she serves as communication assistant for WSU’s First Scholars Program. “I am enjoying the Cougar lifestyle and everything that Pullman has to offer,” she says.

Why WSU?
“Even though I only applied to two schools during my senior year of high school, it was my first visit to campus through African American Scholars that made my decision to attend WSU much easier. Being able to see the campus, the dining hall, and the overall college experience allowed me to see myself as a student at WSU.”

What helped you decide your major course of study at WSU?
It was the fact that I enjoy using computers. I found ease as a management information systems (MIS) major through the Carson College of Business. I love my major and everything it has to offer.

What do you hope to accomplish with your degree from WSU?
I want to help people. Knowing that the technological world is always changing, I want to guide people with the best of my knowledge because the world is always improving through different outlets. Nobody should be left behind.

Something people might not know about me…
I was born in Louisiana but raised in Washington.

When you need a break from academics…
I tend to watch a lot of football. Whether it is Cougar football or the Seattle Seahawks, I’m always very energetic in cheering for my team!

What fuels you?
My work ethic. I want to be recognized for what I do and I realize that is possible through hard work and dedication.