Nov. 1, 2018
Saint Vincent College senior Nicholas Holtzer has been named a 2017-18 Nancy Larson Foundation Scholar and awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his personal narrative, academic record and spirit of community service.
An early childhood education major and native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Holtzer was one of just 10 students nationwide to be awarded a scholarship from the Foundation, which proudly supports elementary education majors nationwide.
In his personal narrative, Holtzer explained why he was inspired to become a teacher.
“Doing volunteer work in a Life Skills classroom changed my life forever,” he said. “Seeing the struggle that these students went through every single day was incredible. I realized that by being in a classroom, I could make an impact on someone else’s life. I realized that life is more than money and fame, it is about reaching your hand out for someone else to grab and lift someone up when they need it the most. Seeing the excitement and joy on those students’ faces when they achieved something changed my life. I cannot wait to have my own classroom so that I can help change the life of a child. I look forward to teaching children of all different ability levels, ethnicities, homes, shapes and sizes.”
Nancy Larson, author of the nationally successful Saxon Math K-4 programs and a former mathematics teacher at the middle school and high school levels, was touched by Holtzer’s narrative and desire to better his students’ lives.
“Nick really moved our committee with his personal experiences gained from volunteering in the classroom,” said Larson. “Those experiences inspired him to want to become a teacher to help students of all walks of life succeed.”
Juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared an elementary education major are invited to submit a personal narrative about why they want to teach, what personal experiences they have had that inspired them to teach and what will make them excellent teachers. Applicants are also urged to included community service activities and experiences they have had working with children.
The application deadline for new scholars is Nov. 18, 2018. Applications can be found online at http://www.thenancylarsonfoundation.org/scholarships/scholarship-application/.
Larson, who has also worked as a curriculum director in addition to her long teaching career, is dedicated to advancing elementary education. She started Nancy Larson Publishers Inc. in 2004 with a goal of providing engaging and challenging programs in content areas beyond mathematics, before forming the Nancy Larson Foundation in 2006 to give back to the teaching field and promote education in America.
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