MENDOTA – Mendota High School senior Faith Charlotte Anderson was selected to receive the 2022 Jacob Family Scholarship, which was awarded on May 14 during MHS’s graduation ceremonies. Anderson is the 25th MHS senior to receive the Jacob Family Scholarship, which carries an award of $1,000.
The Scholarship was created to honor the memories of Clara Cypreansen Jacob, who taught in Mendota public schools for more than 35 years, and Alfred Otto Jacob, a civic leader and life-long resident of Mendota. Upon the death of Clara Jacob in 1997, the Jacob Family Scholarship Fund was established by Jeanne Jacob along with her husband Gerry Frank and her brother Tom Jacob. Both of the Jacob children were raised in Mendota and are MHS graduates. Tom matriculated in 1958 and Jeanne in 1965.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to an active MHS graduating senior to attend a college of his or her choice. Both Clara and Al Jacob strongly believed in higher education and thought that continued education was the key to future success in life.
Throughout their lives, Clara and Al Jacob were involved with Mendota’s youth. Al was a founding member of the Boy Scouts of Mendota and the Mendota Athletic Boosters Society, as well as serving on Mendota’s City Council. Clara first taught physical education at Mendota and Galesburg high schools. She returned to Mendota when she married Al and taught third grade at Lincoln School once her children were of school age. After retiring from teaching, she tutored children in reading and English. Both helped design and raise funds to build the Mendota Community Swimming Pool in 1958 and served on the board of the Swimming Pool Association. At the time of his death in 1984, Al Jacob was the longest serving alderman in Mendota’s history.
Anderson plans to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., this fall to study elementary education, following in the footsteps of her parents, who are educators.
Clara and Al Jacob would be pleased to know that, long after their deaths, they are still helping the youth of Mendota achieve their dreams.