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JA Awards $102,000 to 18 Big Country Students

JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. 

One way we reach this mission is through local professionals teaching economic education through partnerships with local schools. This school year, 6,228 Big Country students completed a JA program rooted in financial literacy, work readiness, or entrepreneurship.

Another way we choose to obtain this mission is by providing scholarships to area students. In 2016, JA awarded $102,000 to 18 deserving students from the Big Country

Read below to see the partnering organizations who provide the scholarships and the students who received them.

Abilene Christian University
Each recipient will receive $10,000 to ACU

  • Lorenzo Ellis, Abilene High School
  • Katlyn Gosch, Brownwood High Schol (not pictured)
  • David Guerra, Jim Ned High School



Hardin Simmons University
Each recipient will receive $6,000 to HSU

  • Tyler Bradshaw, Jim Ned High School (not pictured)
  • Kayla Oakeley, Wylie High School
  • Claire Shuler, Wylie High School
  • Morgan Zett, Wylie High School



Martin Charitable Trust Fund managed by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company - Each student receives $4,000 to any university

  • Reese Cook, Jim Ned High School (Texas Tech - not pictured)
  • Owen Crawford, Jim Ned High School (Texas Tech - not pictured)
  • Will Doty, Jim Ned High School (Texas A&M)
  • Jayton Evans, Cooper High School (Georgia Tech)
  • Shelby Irwin, Abilene High School (Trinity University)
  • Ashleigh Jiminez, Sweetwater High School (Texas Tech)
  • Kelsey LaBrenz, Cooper High School (Texas A&M)
  • Andrew Lynch, Wylie High School (Texas Tech)
  • Holly Pettijohn, Abilene High School (Harding University)


McMurry University
Each recipient will receive $6,000 to McM

  • Neah Garza, Cooper High School (not pictured)
  • Jason Williams, Wylie High School


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