University of Rhode Island student Eric Boynton has been named a Nancy Larson Foundation scholar and awarded a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of his outstanding academic record and community service.
The Nancy Larson Foundation supports students majoring in elementary education across the country by awarding scholarships to deserving students each year.
Boynton, of Warwick, is one out of six recipients selected from the hundreds of applicants received by the Foundation.
Boynton is a senior studying elementary education. Boynton ’s inspiration to become a teacher stems from his passion volunteering at the Special Olympics. Boynton is working part time as a pass worker for the Groden Center, where he is paired with a special young boy with whom he spends time and helps with schoolwork.
“I hope that what I am accomplishing with my students in the classroom is making a difference in their lives,” said Boynton. “Great teachers not only love to teach but also love to share that joy with their students.”
“Boynton is the type of aspiring teacher that we want to nurture and support. Our classrooms need intelligent, energetic, young educators that can continue to provide the best possible learning environment for elementary students,” said Nancy Larson, who established the Foundation in 2006.
Larson is the author of two nationally successful curriculum programs: Nancy Larson Science K-4 and Saxon Math K-4. Juniors, seniors and graduate students who have declared an elementary education major are invited to submit a personal narrative about qualities that will make them excellent teachers. Applicants are also asked to include community service activities and personal experiences they have had working with children.arson, a former teacher and curriculum director, has dedicated her life to advancing elementary education.