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UCM Alumnus Lucas Boyce Named Keynote Speaker for 2015 MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 4, 2014) – UCM alumnus Lucas Boyce, director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic, will be the keynote speaker for the University of Central Missouri’s annual Freedom Scholarship Dinner, planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the Elliott Student Union ballroom. The event is the highlight of the university’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, The Dream Still Matters.

The event also will honor the nine UCM students who are recipients of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Scholarships. The scholarships, which are supported through the UCM Foundation with proceeds from the Freedom Scholarship Dinner, are awarded each spring to students who will attend UCM in the fall.

Lucas Boyce
Lucas Boyce

Scholarship recipients to be recognized are Jocelynn Burnet, Anastasia Chaky, Elexus Edwards, Aimee Ekstrom, Danielle Moore, Madison Saunders, Brandy Chaidez, Kenneth Michael Pierson and Aubrey Winn.

Boyce, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from UCM in 2003, joined the Orlando Magic in 2008 as director of community relations, public relations and education outreach and was named to his current post in 2013. His duties include strategic business planning and oversight of the company’s efforts in statewide legislative and government affairs.

Prior to joining the Magic, Boyce served in the White House Office of Public Affairs, coordinating proactive communication, public relations and education outreach on behalf of the President. He also served in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he directed African American and profession sports outreach and worked in the fields of health care and economic policy.

Prior to joining the White House, Boyce worked for Direct Impact, a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Va., and served in the Vice President’s Political and Communications Office.

Boyce is the author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, published in January 2011. He travels throughout central Florida and across the country giving speeches focused on leadership, team work, overcoming obstacles and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Boyce as a Trustee of Valencia College in August 2013. Gov. Scott also named him to chair the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group in July 2012. Boyce also serves on the Orange County Library Board, and TSA Services Advisory Committee, and on U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Service Academy Nomination Board. He and is active with the National Coalition for Adoption Institute and Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida.

Boyce was honored by the UCM Alumni Association as the 2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus. In 2011, the Orlando Business Journal recognized Lucas as the 40 Under 40 Man of the Year.

Tickets for the Freedom Scholarship Dinner are from the UCM Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support, Dockery 212, or by calling 660-543-4156. Individual tickets for the dinner may be purchased at the gold level for $100, the silver level for $75, or the bronze level for $50. Sponsored tables of eight also are available for purchase at the gold, silver and bronze levels.

The Freedom Scholarship Dinner has funded 185 scholarships totaling more than $169,000 since its inception in 1998.

Additional events for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration include Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award luncheon; the Community Worship and Praise Service; the Issues Forum; the MLK Day of Service; the Student Volunteer Fair and Community Service Blood Drive and Bone Marrow registry.

For more information about the UCM 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, visit