CRCF Jacobson Scholarship Transition Award

The 1959 Jamestown High School Band is pictured, with Charles Jacobson pictured in the center. Submitted photo

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has transitioned the Charles L. and Dorothy M. Jacobson Memorial Scholarship Award for Excellence in Music to the foundation’s care.

The family, in cooperation with the Jamestown High School Music Department, previously administered these awards.

Charles Jacobson Jr., his wife Anne, daughter Alexis, along with Martin Jacobson, created the honorarium several years ago and now have committed to endow the fund forever.

“This scholarship will continue to provide assistance for future generations of students from Jamestown to achieve their own goals in music and in life,” said Charles Jacobson.

Charles “Jake” Jacobson taught in the school district from 1954 to 1969, served as principal of Jamestown High School in 1969, then assistant superintendent for business affairs and finally acting superintendent of schools until his retirement in 1979.

Charles “Jake” and Dorothy Jacobson are pictured. Submitted photo

Former students and colleagues remember Jake for his dedication to his students and to music excellence. During his years as an educator, he brought honor and recognition to the Jamestown Music Department and the city of Jamestown by regularly achieving top rankings in statewide competitions. Through his leadership, the Jamestown High School Band made appearances at events such as the Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., as well as with regular performances at the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills half-time shows.

Dorothy Jacobson was a teacher at Washington Middle School and Jamestown High School until her retirement in 1979. She taught home economics to hundreds and hundreds of future parents, many of whom (or their children) remain in Jamestown.

For more information on scholarship opportunities available for area students, call the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at 661-3390 or