The Thelma K. McAuliffe-Spicer Memorial Unified Student Assistance scholarship has been established at Jamestown Community College by her son, Lance S. Spicer, current chairman of JCC's board of trustees.
Spicer created the scholarship in memory of his mother to support the total cost of attendance at JCC for students who meet JCC's USA Scholarship program criteria and are majoring in childhood education, early childhood education, or adolescence education.
The USA scholarship program covers full resident tuition for full-time, first-time students at JCC who graduate in the top 20th percentile from a high school within JCC's service area. USA scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA while at JCC. Since being established in 1979, the USA scholarship program has provided approximately $6 million to over 3,000 students at JCC.
McAuliffe-Spicer was born in Olean in 1907. A graduate of Olean High School and Geneseo Normal School, McAuliffe-Spicer earned a bachelor's degree in education at New York University. She first taught in a one-room school house in Chipmunk, N.Y. at the age of 18 and was employed by elementary schools in the Allegany, Mineola, Falconer and Jamestown school districts.
Although Mrs. McAuliffe-Spicer retired from teaching in 1969, she retained a passion for elementary education and for the teaching profession. McAuliffe-Spicer died in 2006. Sheridan E. Spicer, her husband of 60 years, died in 2002.
Individuals interested in creating scholarships to assist JCC students should contact the JCC Foundation at 338-1010 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details.