We thought that we would share with you a few of the nonprofits that Louise and I actively support. There is so much more to life than trading, and our successes can be shared in many ways with others. As students and followers, know that you are a part of this as well.
What Louise and I personally have accomplished in our lives was largely the result of others' generosity. Both of us received scholarships to attend college. We both feel from our hearts that we need to give back to help our communities improve, see that our young people are inspired and have a chance to be succesful in their endeavors. We strive to make a difference in other people's lives in our community and to support the causes that we believe in and that resonate with us.
Obviously, being an educator, the majoriy of our focus has been on academic scholarships.
Many of you know that my book royalties go to a scholarship at the University of Oregon. But you probably aren't aware that the scholarship is fully endowed, which means - again thanks to those who have purchased my books - the scholarship will live in purpituity. I will continue to add royalties to the scholarship. Take some time to read the thank you notes from U of O students - as my student, you too have made a difference in their lives.
Louise recently funded an endowed scholarship at the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music in honor of her father as well as one for the Women's Basketball program at Rochester. So, now we have three endowments. 2016 was the fifth year in a row we gave a full ride scholarship to the University of the Virgin Islands and we will continue to do so in 2017.
My dad was not able to go to college thanks to the depression. He always said, "Larry, learn to work with your head not you back like me." Frankly, I was not much of a student except in the classes I liked. So my scholarships are based on talent not grades.
Louise's are focused on education as well but her involvement in sports at a very young age helped shaped who she is. She tries to give back to a sport that gave so much to her, as well as be involved with the school that got her where she is today.
It is incredibly rewarding to be able to help students achieve their goals. Below are a few more tidbits on what we do to try to make a difference outside of the trading world. It's something we both enjoy and will continue to do as best we can.