Scholarship established in honor of late Moody teacher

Carol Kenzer’s husband, Robert and son, Ben, flank Henrico High School senior Catherine Crowley, the recipient of the initial Carol L. Kenzer Memorial Scholarship.
Family, friends, colleagues and students of George H. Moody Middle School teacher Carol Kenzer gathered May 10 to remember a kind, funny and unforgettable woman.

“Mrs. Kenzer changed my life in a way that she would probably never recognize,” said Charlie Bonner, a junior in the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas S. Freeman High School and a former student of Kenzer's. He noted how her passion and encouragement had led him to work on several political campaigns.

Other students shared memories of fun, learning and Goldfish from their time in Kenzer's history and civics classes. “The word teacher could not even touch who you really were,” Jane Geiger, an eighth-grader at Moody Middle School, wrote in a letter to Kenzer.

A tree and teak bench were placed in the Moody Middle School garden as memorials to Kenzer, who died last October. Attendees wrote and hung prayers for her on the tree, and one former student said that she had often mentioned how much she liked the teak benches of the University of Richmond campus.

Kenzer's husband and son presented a $1,000 scholarship that they endowed in her memory.

“Since both Carol and I were first generation college students, we both have understood the transformative impact a college education can have on an individual's life,” said Kenzer's husband, Robert, a University of Richmond professor. He said that his wife had thoroughly enjoyed teaching at Moody Middle School for 10 years, especially because of the enthusiastic and intelligent students in the International Baccalaureate Program.

“We hope this scholarship will provide some inspiration,” he said, “especially since the first recipient was taught by Carol.”

That winner, Henrico High School senior Catherine Crowley, said that her passion for history and politics had been nurtured by Carol Kenzer's teaching. She will study international relations at the College of William and Mary, she said, the same subject that Kenzer's son, Ben, studies there.

Robert and Ben Kenzer plan to continue the scholarship, which is unique in being specifically for graduates of the Moody Middle School IB Program. They founded it with the help of the Henrico Education Foundation, according to the nonprofit program's manager, Paula Roop, and 18 students applied for the scholarship this year.

“That hardly ever happens in the first year of a scholarship,” Roop said, “I think it's a real testament to Carol's influence as an educator.”

Donations to the Carol L. Kenzer Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent to The Henrico Education Foundation, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223.
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This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

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Business in brief

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