The Sam Jacobs Scholarship
When you hear the name Sam Jacobs you cannot help but think of The Walpole Schools and the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Mr. Jacobs has been a great teacher, principal, and most importantly a wonderful role model for our school, district and community for forty-plus years. Our children have benefited from his devotion to academic excellence, integrity, kindness and community service.
In order to honor Mr. Jacobs, last year a group of parents formed the Sam Jacobs Scholarship committee. The committee created two scholarships which were awarded to two Fall Mountain Regional High School seniors.These are $1,000/year scholarships that will be given to two students annually who plan to attend a post-secondary school. The applicants must have graduated from Walpole Elementary School. The applicants must show good moral character, involvement in community, and compassion for fellow students. Students are assisted to apply by the FMRHS guidance department. We hope when the pandemic ends to have an annual community gathering as a fundraising event for this scholarship fund, but this year we are limited and are simply asking for donations. Helping to fund the Sam Jacobs Scholarship will continue to honor a man who has given so much to our children and our community.
Sam began his career at Fall Mountain as an Agriculture and Horticulture teacher in 1980. He immediately had a positive effect upon young people. It was easy to recognize his passion for career education and his curriculum. His iconic smile and genuine affection for others was a great motivator for teens. Whether it was leading a group of Future Farmers of America to Kansas City, Missouri for the national competition, or raising a new barn for the high school program, Sam was at the forefront of each success. It wasn’t uncommon for him to personally transport kids to the state events, and encourage them to become state officers in the organization.
Sam joined the Walpole Schools in 1997 as principal, bringing that personal desire to improve others’ lives. He is known for being fully involved with our students and families. Mr. Jacobs has always made the effort to know each and every kindergartener and their family by name, developing that relationship throughout their school career. In Walpole, students know they will always be cared for and families know they have an advocate because Mr. Jacobs is their biggest supporter. Our Mr. Jacobs was with our children at school dances, sporting events, the 8th grade White Water Rafting Trips, Camp Takodah, and even became a human Sundae for a reading challenge! He has been right there with the students enjoying every minute of the fun. Who can forget the wonderful Air Band performances starring Mr. Jacobs? He has made all of our lives so much brighter. Our school is an amazing place because of his leadership.
These are only some of the outstanding achievements that Sam has had in his career. Each one of these moments has always been about giving our children the opportunities of a lifetime. Please consider carrying on Sam’s legacy by making a donation to the Sam Jacobs Scholarship Fund Your donation is an opportunity to share in a tribute to a man who has meant so much to so many people. Donation checks can be made out to the Fall Mountain Scholarship Fund with the memo line of Sam Jacobs Scholarship, and mailed to Fall Mountain Scholarship Fund c/o FMRHS 134 FMRHS Road, Langdon, NH 03602. Please also look for a Go Fund Me that is being shared on social media if this is an easier way for you to donate.
Gratefully, The Sam Jacobs Scholarship Committee