The Connor Boyd Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of English, to an outstanding student entering or proceeding from one year to another in a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate compassion for others who are facing hardship.  Endowed by family, friends, and members of the Ottawa community in loving memory of Connor Boyd whose promising life was tragically cut short in 2013.

Connor was born and raised in Ottawa.  He was an amazing son, a great brother and good friend to many.  Connor loved to learn and was an accomplished musician.  After graduating from John McCrae Secondary School, Connor travelled to Hong Kong where he volunteered at an elementary school for several months.

Connor was always interested in the world around him and he wanted to be involved.  He was always wanting to be sure people were included and had a deep respect for the substance use and mental health work his parents did at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre ( and the Canadian Mental Health Association (

He had a sharp wit and a tremendous sense of humour.  Those lucky enough to know him well knew that aside from his booming laugh he also possessed an infectious giggle.  Connor loved a good book, poem, song, painting, movie, tv show, joke, thundercloud, meal, snooze, pair of shoes, scarf, hair day, game, and app.

Connor was a third year student at Carleton studying English Literature.  Connor dreamed of teaching, traveling and writing.  We love him and miss him every day.

“Now, the leaves are falling”