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Ida Broward Boyd

Ida Broward Boyd
Jacksonville Resident Leaves Her Legacy

Ida Broward Boyd traveled the world with her husband Crowther learning about cultures and customs far from her beloved Jacksonville, according to Ida’s niece Kristanna Broward Barnes. “There may have been only one or two ports of call around the world they didn’t visit,” she said. Knowing a college education was the key to opening that door to the world, Ida established a need-based scholarship funded by a $1 million bequest at her death.

Ida, who lived to the age of 98, came from a family with historical roots in Jacksonville. Her extended family included Florida Governor Napoleon Broward, after whom the Dames Point Bridge is named. Crowther was a Jacksonville investor and owned the Jacksonville Tars baseball team from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Ida became familiar with UNF when Kristanna’s daughter Margaux became a student here. “We would often talk about UNF and the importance of education. She believed everyone should have a shot at college and wanted to do something to help make that possible,” Kristanna said.

The Crowther Mann Boyd and Ida Broward Boyd Scholarship does exactly that. The scholarship is for Duval County students who are attending college for the first time and demonstrate financial need. Kristanna, a former member of the Duval County School Board, is pleased that her aunt’s bequest will help future generations attend college. “The bottom line is she wanted to help young people,” according to Kristanna.

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