So who was Jeff Boynton?
Jeff Boynton was an exceptional athlete lettering in multiple sports each year at Plum High School. He had several offers to play major league baseball, he had multiple offers to play at college football powerhouses throughout the nation, and he had a world of opportunity ahead.
Grasping one of those opportunities after graduating high school, Jeff was on his way to play college football on a full scholarship from the Mountaineers of West Virginia University. But that summer, he also had the opportunity to play in an all-star football game. Tragically, during that summer game, Jeff suffered a paralyzing spinal injury, forever changing the opportunities he had and those that may have come beyond his college career.
For many years, Jeff gracefully accepted that his opportunities had changed, but he embraced new opportunities and never failed to maintain a positive spirit and overcome limitations. In 2008, he was inducted into the Plum High School Hall of Fame and his number "22" remains the only jersey retired by Plum's football team.
35 years later, in the autumn of 2013, tragedy struck a second blow, Jeff was involved in a serious automobile accident. He continued to fight courageously until succumbing to his injuries on January 1, 2014.
Jeff's classmates decided that establishing a scholarship in Jeff's name would maintain the legacy of a man who's story should live on as an inspiration to anyone overcoming obstacles. We believe that the qualities he displayed are to be upheld and rewarded. Our sincere hope is that these scholarships assist high school students most like Jeff Boynton.
Please help us continue to provide our best young people with a boost to their higher education.