George C. Boldt’s great-grandson offers $50,000 challenge to establish scholarship

ALEXANDRIA BAY, NY — Malcolm Goodridge, the great-grandson of George C. Boldt, recently announced that he would match all charitable gifts, up to $50,000, to help establish and build a scholarship in Mr. Boldt’s honor and memory.

Following a family gathering at Boldt Castle last summer, Mr. Goodridge and other Boldt descendants decided to move forward with the concept of creating a permanent scholarship fund that would forever benefit the students of the region.

The George C. Boldt Scholarship would be awarded annually to a Jefferson County high school senior attending a 2 or 4-year college or a trade or technical school. In addition to academics, school and community service will be considered. Each year’s recipient will be invited to Heart Island, where there scholarship award will be presented. The scholarship will be administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

“As a third generation descendant of George C. Boldt, I, along with other family members, wish to establish this scholarship both to honor our great-grandfather and to give back to the River and adjoining communities which have been so supportive of preserving our family’s history and legacy. Establishing a scholarship fund locally seemed to be a fitting tribute, as well as an extension of the Boldt family’s mission to support higher education,” Mr. Goodridge said.

“This is a unique opportunity for people for whom Boldt Castle has special meaning to consider joining with family members to further perpetuate the Boldt heritage in an enduring and impactful way. We feel honored to be part of that endeavor,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation director.

“The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority and the Boldt Facilities are delighted that Malcolm Goodridge, great-grandson of Mr. George C. Boldt, has committed to establishing a scholarship for graduating high school seniors in the Jefferson County area. This scholarship will be an enduring tribute to the hard work and innovating practices that Mr. Boldt brought to the modern hotel industry of which many standards are still in practice today,” said Shane Sanford, Boldt Castle facilities director.

For those wishing to join in establishing the scholarship, matching gifts can be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 or online at, with a notation for the George C. Boldt Scholarship. Those making a gift of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on a permanent plaque at Boldt Castle and those making a gift of $5,000 or more will be listed as founding donors.

All donors will be listed recognized through listings in local newspapers and in Community Foundation publications.