Floyd Myrick Awards
Who was Floyd Myrick?
Floyd “Bud” Myrick, DDS was born in Los Angeles in 1923, attended LA CC, Redlands, Colorado State (US Navy), & USC Dental School. His boot camp was in Farragut, ID and he served active duty in Hawaii. He met his beautiful wife, Mary, at a church function and married her in 1944. They had 4 children. His first practice was in Azusa. He specialized in children‘s dentistry.
“Bud” moved to West Covina in 1954. Shortly after he fulfilled his dream of opening a Children’s Health building. In 1958 he opened it at Hollenbeck and Badillo. Also that year, he joined the Covina Rotary.
After only a short time of being a Rotarian he suggested that we give plenty of attention and awards to upper division successful high school students, why not some recognition to younger students who were suddenly trying hard and improving dramatically in school?
In 1960 the Covina Rotary Club agreed and there began the Floyd Myrick Awards. In 1961 Bud was diagnosed with colon cancer and died that year (he was 38 years old). Bud’s legacy lives on through this award.
Each spring since 1960, Covina Rotary presents awards to four low achieving high school students in Covina and Charter Oak to honor them for their efforts in bringing up their grades. Due to the unique qualifications for this award, the recipients are generally those who would not have otherwise received recognition of their demonstrated success by overcoming significant obstacles in their lives.
The awards were conceived by our deceased Rotary Club member, Floyd Myrick, DDS.
When you donate to the Covina Rotary Club’s “General” Fund, your kind donation benefits
local Covina-area students by helping with good citizen, integrity and leadership-building events and projects like these:
Floyd Myrick Awards
Recognizing high school students who have overcome obstacles and improved their grades.
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Promotes getting young people engaged with the concepts of ethics and integrity.
TLC: Teen Leadership Camp
A three day leadership training program for outstanding 8th graders.
RYLA: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
A camping retreat where 11th grade students are motivated to take on additional leadership roles.
Dan Stover Contest
Music scholarship program that assists students with furthering their education.