Larry Stephenson Scholarship Fund
Larry taught biology at Salem High School for four years. Teaching was a second career for him. Perhaps that is why he enjoyed it so much. He often said, “It’s great to be at Salem High School. I am so glad that I didn’t have to go to work today. I get to go to school!”
Larry’s enthusiasm spilled over into the classroom. He didn’t measure his success in his work. He measured his success in the improvement he saw in each individual child, whether that was in the classroom or on the basketball court, where Larry loved to coach. He frequently received notes from his students with positive comments about his teaching style or a project in the lab. Those notes thrilled Larry. He often shared them with his co-workers, sometimes close to tears when a student had particularly kind words for him.
Shortly before his death, Larry indicated that he would appreciate memorial gifts to establish a scholarship fund in his memory, and that is exactly what many of his friends, former students and family did. Although Larry’s presence will be deeply missed in the in the classrooms at Salem High School, his memory and love of teaching and working with youth will live on forever, through the Larry Stephenson Scholarship