> Larry Larson was an outstanding teacher at Madras High School from 1963 to his retirement in 1991. Now, some of his former students are working to establish a scholarship fund in his honor.
Larson, who taught business and other courses while inspiring students over four decades at Madras High, is battling cancer and is currently residing at East Cascade Assisted Living Center in Madras.
Some of Larson's earliest students have started the effort to establish a scholarship for a college-bound graduating MHS boy and girl who excel in business classes and who have shown improvement in the field during their high school career.
The plan is to route the scholarship through the Jefferson Scholarship Committee, which invests funds for and names the recipient of several local scholarships.
According to Mark Beasley, a 1967 MHS graduate currently living in Portland, the goal of the group is to raise $100,000 through contributions made by Larson's former students. The scholarship amount is expected to be over $8,000 annually, split between the male and female recipient.
Organizers hope that an individual from each graduating class during Larson's tenure might volunteer to collect contributions from classmates. It is hoped that scholarships may be able to be awarded this year; if not, an initial scholarship would go out in 2009.
"Larry was such a tremendous teacher and impacted so many lives," said Gordon Harris, MHS class of 1967. "We mentioned the scholarship idea to him and he was excited about it, so we're determined to make it happen."
The scholarship is a 501 C3, and contributions are tax deductible.