The Andrew Boyer Trades Scholarship is a scholarship available to East Jordan High School graduates who are furthering their education at any community college or vocational school.
Along with their application, candidates are asked to submit a creative entry of their choice (ie project, creative writing, personal statement) or interview a community member who knew Andrew and write about the experience. We have awarded a total of four $3,000 scholarships since 2019. Check out the Scholarship page to learn about our past recipients.
Andrew lived his life in a way that impacted so many people. He prided himself in working with his hands, donating his time to anyone who needed someone to just pitch in, and inspired social change with his voice and actions.
From a young age, when Andrew began noticing social injustice, he developed a strong sense of right and wrong. For Andrew, right meant equality, humanity, and hard work. After high school, he continued his education in college and earned a BA in social work. Although Andrew did have a degree, he found his true passion in masonry work and decided a college education wasn't the right path for everyone. Andrew believed there should be equal support given to all trades.
Whether he was pouring a concrete driveway, gutting and remodeling a house, hand designing an intricate patio table, earning a grant to fund his malting operation, or taking notes in a city council meeting, Andrew worked hard.
Valley View Farm became an integral part in Andrew's life as a toddler and continued to impact his daily life as an adult. From milking cows with his Dad and Grandpa as a small boy, to converting the milk house into a malt house. He loved the farm. Growing, harvesting, working in the field, malting, remodeling the barn...Valley View Farm was, and is, alive with Andrew's energy.
Truly a farm to glass experience, the barley is grown at Valley View Farm and harvested by the Boyer family. What makes our beer unique is that it is grown, malted, and brewed on the same property. The product never leaves the farm. Special thanks to Tom Cannon, our brewer. He and Andrew brewed together for years, and Tom has been working over the past few months; incorporating Andrew's recipes and his own to create unique blends for the Brew Fest.