Seth Meyers pledges $50k to create scholarship for his late New Hampshire high school teacher

"If any of you have a teacher who meant the world to you, who meant as much to you as Wally meant to me ... pick up the phone, write ‘em an email, and let them know."

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In Seth Meyers’ monologue on the Nov. 23, 2017 episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the Bedford, N.H. native and TV host took time to pay tribute to one of his favorite high school teachers, Walter Lubelczyk, who had passed away days earlier.

Now, as first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader, Meyers is honoring “Wally” again by establishing a $5,000 scholarship in Lubelczyk’s name. Meyers pledged to fund the $5,000 scholarship for 10 years at Manchester High School West, where Lubelczyk taught students like Meyers for 37 years.

“Wally was everything you wanted a teacher to be — patient, wise, funny and enthusiastic,” Meyers wrote in an email to Boston.com. “I’m hopeful this scholarship will in some small way add to his well earned legacy as an educator.”

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West High principal Rick Dichard said that the scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time this year, will make a major difference at the school.

“Our kids, with our school demographic, need all the help they can get with paying for college,” Dichard said. “And to have this $5,000 for one of our students every year is a big, big deal. We are extremely grateful that the Meyers family, in particular Seth, feel strongly about their roots and are trying to stay connected to the school.”

In his November 2017 monologue, Meyers encouraged viewers to reach out to teachers who impacted their lives, according to a transcript preserved by the Internet Archive.

“I just think that if any of you have a teacher who meant the world to you, who meant as much to you as Wally meant to me, especially as we enter this Thanksgiving season, do yourself, do them a favor,” Meyers said. “Pick up the phone, write ’em an email, and let them know.”

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