September 26, 2023
Corry Area High School’s Class of 2012 is raising funds for a memorial scholarship in the name of their classmate, Trooper Jacques “Jay” Rougeau, who was killed in the line of duty in June.
Rougeau’s wife, Chloe, was a volleyball player at Corry during her time in school, so this year, the volleyball team has decided to hold its annual charity night on Wednesday in support of the scholarship. JV plays at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow at 7 p.m. against the Seneca Bobcats.
Head coach Kelly Goodsel said the team is glad to do something in support of this former player.
“Chloe was part of our volleyball program in middle school and high school,” he said. “She started the East Juniata High School volleyball program, which is currently in its fourth season.”
There will be two raffles, a lottery basket and a 50/50 to benefit the scholarship fund, which is being established by the class of 2012 through the Corry Community Foundation.
Dustin Mosher, of the class of 2012, will be set up at the game with a donation table for those interested in supporting the cause. He will also have a QR code people can scan with their smart phones to direct them where to give online.
“If people don’t have their wallets with them, they can donate online, too,” Mosher said.
Shelby Scouten, executive director for CCF, confirmed that there is a place on the organization’s website, www.corrycommunityfoundation.org, where people can give to the scholarship fund securely online.
The specific parameters of the scholarship aren’t in place yet. However, Mosher guessed it is likely to be set aside for a student studying criminal justice, which is what Rougeau studied.
Scouten said she’s never heard a bad word about Rougeau.
“He was their class president, he was their friend,” Scouten said. “I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say anything bad about him, ever.”
Mosher, who was asked to represent his classmates in this endeavor, said Rougeau was a good friend of his, and thought this was a worthwhile way of giving back.
“I thought it would be good to do something for Jay,” Mosher said.
Recent beneficiaries of the annual volleyball game for charity have been Avery’s Pawsitive Change in 2022 and Hannah’s Helping Hands in 2021.