Pictured Left to Right in back two rows: Ashlynn Smart, Karson Tutt, Emma Dantzler, Sterling Fahey, Karina Hau, Mikayla Condra, Kari Brokovich, Shelbie Dawson, Kaitlyn Harris, Derryck Peters, Nolan Burke, Luke Quinney
Pictured Left to Right kneeling in front: Evan Simmons (JA Executive Director), Chandler Smith, River Young, Dakota Fannin, Justin Moss (JA Board of Directors Chair)
Not Pictured: Olivia Montgomery & Julianna Mouat
19 Big Country Students Awarded $104,000 in JA Scholarships
Junior Achievement of Abilene is proud to announce the awarding of nineteen four-year scholarships to benefit area high school seniors pursuing higher education. With a combined value of $104,000, the scholarships were made possible through partnerships with Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University, McMurry University, and the Willie I., Wanda, W.F. Martin Charitable Trust Fund managed by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company.
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for success. One way we at JA provide the opportunity for area high school seniors who have completed a Junior Achievement program while in high school is to apply for a scholarship. Over 100 students began our application process in 2017, nearly 30 advanced to an interview process with a scholarship selection committee, and nineteen recipients were selected.
Congratulations to all of our recipients!
- A $10,000 award to Abilene Christian University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by ACU:
- Nolan Burke – Jim Ned High School
- Noah Pruitt – Abilene High School
- Karson Tutt – Jim Ned High School
- A $6,000 award to Hardin Simmons University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by HSU:
- Emma Dantzler – Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science (ATEMS)
- Karina Hau – Abilene High School
- Olivia Montgomery – Cooper High School
- A $6,000 award to McMurry University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by MCM:
- Shelbie Dawson – Eula High School
- Dakota Fannin – Baird High School
- A $4,000 award applicable to any college or university through the Willie I., Wanda, & W.F. Martin Charitable Trust Fund managed by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company:
- Kari Brokovich – Cooper High School
- Mikayla Condra – Abilene Christian High School
- Sterling Fahey – Cooper High School
- Kaitlyn Harris – Cooper High School
- Amanda Hernandez – Abilene Christian High School
- Julianna Mouat – Abilene High School
- Derryck Peters – Abilene High School
- Luke Quinney – Jim Ned High School
- Ashlynn Smart – Clyde High School
- Chandler Smith – Jim Ned High School
- River Young – Cooper High School
JA Abilene's Executive Director Evan Simmons says, “Junior Achievement of Abilene is pleased to have awarded these scholarships to the deserving Big Country students. These latest scholarships demonstrate our continued commitment to preparing today’s youth with the skills and knowledge they need today in order to succeed later in life."
About Junior Achievement of Abilene (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers that provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Since 1983, JA of Abilene has served over 130,000 students in the Big Country including over 6,500 students in 325 classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year.