Student Club Endows Scholarship for the First Time in JCC’s History

For the first time in the history of Jefferson Community College (JCC), a student club has endowed a scholarship in memory of a classmate. On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 the JCC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) club presented the JCC Foundation with a check totaling $12,433 to endow the Mark B. Davis Memorial Scholarship at a special dedication held in Davis’s honor.

Davis was a first-year paramedic student at JCC when he was slain on January 31, 2009 while on a call as a volunteer emergency responder with the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department. Since Davis’s death, the EMS club has devoted its annual activities to endowing a scholarship in his name. With support from other campus clubs and organizations, the EMS club not only raised the $10,000 necessary to endow a scholarship, but exceeded it by $2,433 and did so in less than one year. “We are very proud of achieving our accomplishment,” says former JCC EMS club president Erika G. Nappier of Watertown. “Mark would be very happy for all that’s been done in his name and proud to help a second-year paramedic student achieve their dream.”

“It’s not easy to endow a scholarship,” says Betsy D. Penrose, vice president for students at JCC. “The EMS Club actively worked for a year to raise these scholarship funds, and through their efforts Mark will continue to impact the lives of Jefferson Community College students, continuing his legacy of good work in emergency services.”

The first Mark B. Davis Memorial Scholarship will be awarded beginning Fall 2010 to a second-year EMS student. To learn more about applying for thescholarship, call the JCC Financial Services office at 315-786-2355.