Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Awards Annual Scholarships to Students

The Leadership Jackson Alumni Association (LJAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s annual alumni association scholarships. Three exceptional high school students from Jackson-Madison County have been selected to receive the Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship. The recipients are Katie Alexander from Jackson Christian School, Zane Harrison from Augustine School and Isabela Nolasco from Liberty Technology Magnet High School.

The students were honored at the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Quarterly Luncheon held on June 9, 2023. Each of the scholarship awardees received a grant of $1,500 to support their higher education endeavors. This scholarship aims to empower and invest in the education and leadership development of future leaders in our community.

Alexander plans to attend Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. Harrison plans to attend Union University, while Nolasco will continue her education at the University of Memphis.

“While Leadership Jackson was created with an overall mission of strengthening our community, one constant objective is not only to develop engaged leaders but also invest in the education of our future leaders,” said Vadessa Flack, president, Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. “The Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship gives us the means to give back as it provides opportunities for high school graduates in our community to continue their educational and leadership development goals. On behalf of the LJAA Board, we congratulate these recipients and look forward to watching their educational journey unfold.”

Funding for the scholarship is made possible through association dues and generous donations. The scholarship amount is a minimum of $1,500, payable to the recipient’s chosen college or university during their freshman year. Other initiatives supported by Leadership Jackson Alumni dues include quarterly alumni luncheons, professional development programs, and the provision of “Comfort Critters” – stuffed animals used by emergency first responders in Jackson.

The Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship was named in honor of Judy Renshaw in 2014, in recognition of her more than 35 years of dedicated work in developing the Leadership Jackson program. Individuals or donors who wish to make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Judy Renshaw to the scholarship fund may do so through the chamber’s foundation.

“I am humbled and honored to have this scholarship bear my name but tremendously excited for the youth that will receive additional funding for their college education,” Renshaw said. “We have so many bright and talented youth eager to make a positive difference. Jackson will be in good hands with these future leaders as they accomplish their dreams.”

Leadership Jackson Accepting Nominations for 2023 Class

The Greater Jackson Chamber is now accepting nominations for Leadership Jackson 2023 class. This adult leadership program is aimed at empowering business professionals to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Jackson-Madison County community and its opportunities and challenges. 

Leadership Jackson offers an immersive three-month program that allows participants to explore Jackson, engage with influential leaders and take part in weekly sessions delving into critical topics affecting Jackson-Madison County. 

Starting June 1, applicants can fill out a nomination form online at LeadershipJackson.com or at the following link, 2023 Leadership Jackson Nomination form. Applicants must be a Greater Jackson Chamber member, and a leader in their company or organization should nominate them. They can nominate themselves if they are the primary decision maker. Due to class size, members must limit their nominations to one per chamber member. 

The 2023 class will be led by Leadership Jackson Chair Margaret Livingston, University School of Jackson and Vice Chair Kris Kelley, JACOA.  

The comprehensive curriculum of Leadership Jackson covers a diverse range of topics throughout the weekly sessions, while also incorporating a focus on leadership skill-building. Notable leaders from key sectors including health care, criminal justice, economic development, livability, education and government will provide valuable insights by presenting an overview of the present state, challenges, and future vision of their respective fields. This collective knowledge equips participants with a broad understanding of the inner workings of Jackson-Madison County, fostering a big-picture perspective. 

For more information about Leadership Jackson or to see the program schedule for the 2023 class, visit LeadershipJackson.com or contact Lauren Saliba, director of leadership development at lsaliba@jacksontn.com.