Remembering Yaw S. Owusu-Boaitey
Yaw was an absolute star in our tight-knit family. As the youngest, he embodied a joy, warmth, and presence that regularly inspired his parents and older siblings. From a young age, Yaw had a motivating drive and self-discipline we all admired. His involvement in organized soccer, music programs, politics, community building, and church life from high school through his time at UMBC were a great testament to this. Yaw’s kindness and care for others didn’t just deeply affect our family, but also his friends, classmates, teachers, and all those who knew him.
Our family’s association with UMBC started in 2007 when our eldest son, Nana Owusu-Boaitey, enrolled at UMBC. He was a philosophy and biology double major, as well as a Meyerhoff scholar (M19). He was supported by the wonderful academic environment at UMBC, graduated in 2011, and went on to complete his Ph.D. in immunology in 2016 at Washington University at St. Louis. He is currently working on his M.D. at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH. The other Owusu-Boaitey siblings—Kwadwo, Kwame, and Yaw—were also indelibly impacted by the student-focused culture at UMBC. Kwadwo (M22) graduated from UMBC in 2014 with majors in philosophy and biology and went on to do M.D.-Ph.D. at Harvard and MIT. Kwame (M26) graduated in 2018 with a degree in computer science and is currently working as a software engineer in Bethesda, Maryland.
Yaw (M29) was completing his studies in biology at UMBC when he was called home by the Lord in May 2020. He was shaped by his joyful immersion in research, politics, and service opportunities offered through UMBC.
The Meyerhoff program has uniquely affected our entire family, well beyond each individual sibling. The program's academic, financial, and personal support have been foundational in the development of each son during their time at UMBC. The Meyerhoff office staff have been, and will forever be, a family to the Owusu-Boaiteys. They have been mentors in different ways for each of the boys.
Many fellow Meyerhoff scholars have remained best friends and form a close-knit family. The Meyerhoff parents association has been a wonderful concept. The Owusu-Boaitey family is thankful to be part of the larger Meyerhoff family.
The Yaw S. Owusu-Boaitey Endowed Scholarship has been established to honor his legacy. Your gifts will provide student scholarship support to future Meyerhoff Scholars and ensure that the influence of Yaw’s extraordinary life continues to be deeply impactful.
Family and friends of the Owusu-Boaiteys, as well as members of the UMBC alumni community, are invited to honor Yaw’s life with a gift to this memorial scholarship fund at UMBC.
All contributions raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.