Five years ago, during their 45th class reunion, the Jamestown High School Class of 1969 challenged themselves to create, and fully fund, a scholarship that would be awarded during their next milestone reunion.
“Our class was inspired by the (JHS) Class of 1950 Scholarship, and how it had grown over time,” said Fred Larson, Class of 1969 president. “Our class was committed to creating a lasting gift to the young people graduating from Jamestown High School for generations to come.”
For the next several years, classmates, friends and family members rallied around the scholarship fund to ensure it had enough money to make its first award in time for their 50th reunion.
On June 5, their hard work paid off.
During the high school’s senior awards ceremony, Larson stood on stage, nearly 50 years to the day he graduated, and presented the first Jamestown High School Class of 1969 Scholarship to Matthew Roehmholdt.
Roehmholdt, an accomplished swimmer, will attend Keuka College in the fall and study Psychology.
According to Larson, partnering with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to administer the scholarship was a logical choice.
“All gifts to the scholarship are tax deductible,” he said. “This is a win-win opportunity for everybody.
The JHS Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th class reunion Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 with special community events on both nights. The weekend will culminate with dinner and dancing at the new Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Jamestown.