Jim Strehlow's life work reflected his passion for teaching and nurturing young minds. His career starting in 1950 as a teacher and coach in Bangor, Michigan. He moved on to become the first Director of Guidance for Parchment Public Schools in fall of 1958. He also served as an admissions counselor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He even taught in California and traveled around the world with Western Michigan University students and professors.
After working for 28 years at Parchment High School, Jim's service to students didn't end. He later established the Jim Strehlow Scholarship for Parchment Students at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF).
The scholarship provides up to $1000 for a graduating Parchment High School senior who plans to attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Students earn the scholarship by showing improvement in motivation and achievement during their time in high school and demonstrate responsibility, a positive attitude and work ethic.
In addition to establishing his scholarship fund, Jim volunteered on the KZCF Scholarship Committee for over 20 years. He served as a Remynse Reader, reviewing applications and recommending students for scholarship awards.
After a long, full life, Jim passed away on May 3, 2021 at age 95.
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