Student Exchange Scholarship Program
This program helps Jamestown Community College students spend a semester or year studying at a Scandinavian college and helps students from Scandinavian countries come to JCC for a semester or year of study. About 30 American students have traveled to Sweden and 14 Swedish students have come to Jamestown.
During recent years, we've given Swedish students the opportunity to participate in athletics at JCC and twelve very talented Swedish athletes have taken advantage of this opportunity. Participation in team sports helps create close friendships between the Swedish and American students, and the Swedish students have helped the JCC volleyball team reach high standards. Three of the Swedish students graduated from JCC; eight received NJCAA all-region team recognition; eight received WNYAC all-conference recognition; three received NJCAA all-American recognition; six moved on to four-year universities/colleges; and two received NCAA Division I athletic scholarships.
The Scandinavian Studies Program subsidizes expenses for both American and Swedish students.
Camp Scandinavia Cultural Program
To perpetuate the Scandinavian heritage of our community and our connections to contemporary Scandinavia, the Camp Scandinavia Cultural Program provides a fun, creative, and educational program that brings young people of the Chautauqua region into contact with Swedish young people and encourages travel to Sweden as well.
Established in 1996 in conjunction with the YMCA of Jamestown and the Johnson Foundation of Jamestown, the camp provides two weeks of day camp with the Swedish and American exchange staff. They have a closer experience of Scandinavian culture and gain a deeper understanding of Sweden's customs, language, people, and history.
Graduates of the resident camp have the opportunity to travel to Sweden to stay at camps affiliated with Norrkoping and Stockholm YMCAs and with Swedish families. This three week camper exchange program is partially funded by the campers' families and local Swedish fraternal organizations. Financial aid, based on demonstrated need, is available to those who meet the program's tuition assistance guidelines.
Note: The Camper Exchange Program is not active at this time. Additional funding will have to be found to re-instate it.
Camp Scandinavia at the YMCA is available and very popular.
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