By Martin D. Emeno, Jr.
The Boyce Family Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a
caddie who works at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
AN BOYCE WAS ON A
TRAIN to Connecticut for
his uncle’s funeral reading the
J. Wood Platt’s Year in Review
last summer when he came across the En-
dowment Program section. A few phone
calls and a couple in-person meetings later
confirmed his philanthropic intuition.
The first Boyce Family Endowed Scholarship was awarded this academic year
(2019-20). Its recipient, Justin Roccia, is a
caddie at Boyce’s home club of Whitemarsh Valley.
“They are great young people. They have a
great work ethic and character. And they
are very respectful. They deserve it.”
“[The Endowed Program] was a perfect
fit for me. And I’m proud of it,” said Boyce,
62, of Villanova, Pa. “It is pretty simple. You
establish relationships with these kids. They
are great young people. They have a great
work ethic and character. And they are very
respectful. They deserve it. I needed finan-
cial aid to go to college. Everybody needs an
angel once in a while.”
Roccia is a senior accounting major at
Temple University. He’s looped the last
six seasons at Whitemarsh and has been a
Platt Scholar the last three years.
Boyce delivered the Endowed news to
Roccia in person mid-July.
“I didn’t take him seriously at first. We
have that kind of relationship. I thought
he was messing with me,” said Roccia,
25, of Norristown, Pa. “I feel honored.
You realize how much the members of the
club care about the caddies.”
Boyce is the son of a New York City po-
lice officer father and AVON rep mother.
He grew up in Levittown on Long Island,
N. Y., with four other siblings. He attended
St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N. Y
and then Temple University Law School
(class of 1983).