David and Hildred Allard
The Clayton Clark Allard Scholarship was established in 2006 by David and Hildred Allard of Evans, Georgia. It will be awarded to a first-year student enrolled in the Liberal Arts program at Jefferson Community College who demonstrates a positive attitude and academic potential as well as financial need. Prospective students should have an interest in English composition and writing. This scholarship was set up to honor David Allard’s great uncle, Clayton Clark Allard who was killed in action during the Philippine American War on December 26, 1901.
Clayton Allard was born in Lacona, New York in 1880. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army. He served in the Philippines, and in Peking (Beijing) China, during the Boxer Rebellion, from 1899 to 1901. He wrote over a hundred letters home mainly to his mother and sister which were later compiled into a book, Uncle Clayton: A Soldier’s Life in Letters, by his great-nephew David Allard. This unique scholarship is funded in part from the royalties of the book and the letters can be found in the JCC library.
David Allard wrote: “Clayton Clark Allard’s body was never recovered by the Army to be buried in his home town. The Jefferson Community College Foundation has enabled him to “come home” in the form of a Scholarship in his name. In this way his spirit will help young people from Jefferson and neighboring counties in New York find their way on life’s great adventures.”
The Jefferson Community College Foundation is grateful to David and Hildred Allard for creating this scholarship.