July 25, 2012

Larry Laeding Memorial Scholarship

The Larry Laeding Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Larry Laeding and to give graduating seniors from the Saginaw Public Schools financial assistance in pursuing their educational goals. Mr. Laeding began his teaching career in Elmwood, Illinois in 1935.

He came to Saginaw in 1939 as the basketball coach at Saginaw High School, where he also taught chemistry. In 1962, he was named the Director of Athletics and Physical Education for the Saginaw Public Schools. One of Mr. Laeding’s priorities was to bring equity to women’s athletics. He retired in 1981 from Saginaw Public Schools after 42 years of service.

Mr. Laeding strongly believed that academics and athletics could work concurrently to assist youth in developing focus and integrity that would serve them positively for a lifetime.


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • High school senior from Saginaw United High School or Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy
  • Must have participated in high school athletics for at least two years
  • Full-time enrollment 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholastic record
  • Athletic participation and extracurricular activities
  • Essay
  • Community and/or church involvement
  • Awards and honors