Mr. Briceno Named 2017-2018 Larry Wood Scholarship Award Recipient

The Award

In honor of his many years of invaluable service and dedication, Benhaven has created The Larry Wood Scholarship Award, a retirement gift and scholarship fund in honor of Larry Wood. The annual award will afford the opportunity for one Benhaven employee to attend a national conference on Autism.  Expenses for travel, hotel, conference fees and a per diem for food will be covered. The scholarship will recognize exceptional job performance, commitment to professional learning and growth, and appreciation for the receiving employee for their role in providing direct support to the individuals at Benhaven.


All full time staff, in good standing, who provides direct support services and have been employed by Benhaven for a minimum of one year are eligible to be nominated for the award.  Nominations are accepted from those we support, families, fellow staff, or supervisors who have first-hand knowledge of the nominee's performance.

The Larry Wood Scholarship Recipient for 2017 - 2018

This year’s scholarship was awarded to Mr. Briceño who is an instructional assistant at the Academy. He has worked there for seven years and is well respected by his supervisor, peers, families and students. He brings passion, creativity and skill to his work with a range of students.  In his application Mr. Briceño expressed an interest in accentuating his skill set by being exposed to some of the leading voices in autism research. He plans to attend a conference which focuses on nutrition for individuals with autism. He will share his learning with his colleagues through both a presentation and a written summary while implementing new approaches with his students.

Sonja McClelland receives an honorary mention from us as well. She was nominated by the Benhaven School and provides excellent educational support and instruction to her students. She demonstrates great enthusiasm for her work. We are extremely fortunate to have both of these outstanding employees among our staff. 

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