As the president of the Zonta Club in Jamestown in 1947 and again in 1954, Anne Crowe understood how important it was to empower women through service and advocacy.
In her professional life, Crowe was a successful banker and department store executive. In addition to her work locally with Zonta, she also served as a District 4 Governor, as well as, on several international committees.
To honor Crowe, and her service to the organization and community the Zonta Club of Jamestown established The Anne H. Crowe Scholarship Fund for women who have graduated from a Chautauqua region high school interested in furthering their education.
Since 1985, this scholarship has been awarded to more than two dozen women with a high school diploma, G.E.D. or Associates Degree who are furthering their education after an absence from school. Absences may be defined as taking a year off from school to enter the workforce, taking some college courses before withdrawing, or returning to school to earn a second degree in a different area of study.
For Lori Pumford, after graduating from Cassadaga Valley Central School she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Grove City College in 1998.
While raising a young family and working, she returned to Jamestown Community College part-time, to study nursing.
Pumford was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor fraternity, at JCC due to her impressive grades and recommendations from faculty members.
She received her Associates in Applied Science degree in Nursing with high honors in May 2015.
Today, Pumford works as a registered nurse at UPMC Chautauqua and instills the same lessons of hard work and determination into her children.
Following in his mother’s footsteps, Pumford’s son, Andrew, recently began his first semester at Vanderbilt University to study biochemistry with plans to become a surgeon.
While a student at Jamestown High School, Andrew excelled in both the classroom and on the athletic field. In addition to being valedictorian of the class of 2018, he was named JHS Student of the Year and received the Stanley Weeks Braw Caddie Award for Excellence.
For 40 years, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has worked together with its inspiring donors, selfless volunteers and grateful community organizations to share their stories for enriching the quality of life for all who live here.