JHS Graduate, Kamryn Russell, Receives Karen Hessney Memorial Scholarship

Jamestown High School 2014 Graduate, Kamryn Russell, was recently awarded the Karen Hessney Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 by the Association of  Jamestown Paraprofessionals (AJP) and Mr. Paul Hessney at the NYSUT building in Jamestown.  Ms. Russell is the daughter of Lisa Chesnutt and Jeff Russell and will be attending Jamestown Community College in the fall.

The scholarship honors the memory of Karen Hessney, whose dedication to education and love of life was apparent to all how knew her. Mrs. Hessney was a Labor Relations Specialist with NYSUT and was a representative for the AJP.

“My family and I are honored and gratified that AJP thought so highly of Karen,” said Mr. Hessney.  “The scholarship in her memory is very special to us.  I am especially pleased that we selected Kamryn, who is the granddaughter of Mary Chesnutt, longtime contributor and officer of the AJP.”

This is the first year that the AJP presented the scholarship.

“We were looking for a way to honor our dear friend and thought that the best way we could do that was to give back, as Karen always did,” said Cheryl Jones, co-president of AJP. “We decided to honor her memory by giving a $500 scholarship. Students had to prepare an essay that describes someone that, ‘you have encountered during the course of your education that has had a positive impact on your life.’ We felt like this was the best way to honor this special lady who influenced so many in her life. Mr. Hessney generously matched our donation to be able to give a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student, who is a child or grandchild of an AJP member.”

Ms. Russell wrote about her grandmother in her 500-word essay detailing how she taught her important life lessons and, through her encouragement, helped to make her ready for whatever lies ahead.

posted on 07/11/2014 - filed under: Academics, Community, Graduation, JHS, Spotlight, Staff, Students