The Leadership Jackson Alumni Association (LJAA) announces three high school students in Jackson-Madison County have been awarded the annual alumni association scholarships. The Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship was awarded to Kerrington Peoples, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Katherine Ryan, University School of Jackson; and Faythe Watkins, Trinity Christian Academy. The students were presented awards at LJAA’s Quarterly Luncheon on Friday, June 7 at Jackson Energy Authority’s Training Facility, 320 Highway 45 Bypass. Each received $1,500 toward their higher education expenses.

Peoples plans on attending Middle Tennessee State University, Ryan is attending Rhodes College and Watkins is attending the University of Evansville.

“Part of LJAA’s mission is to support emerging leaders through educational programs. We recognize this starts with the youth of our community,” said Jack Mathis, president, Leadership Jackson Alumni Association. “The Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship allows us to invest directly in education for the future leaders of Jackson, as well as show them support from their community. We are extremely proud of these recipients and look forward to seeing their growth in education and leadership. We are hopeful these students will someday become leaders in our community and continue to build the community trusteeship that is a foundation of the Leadership Jackson program.”

The scholarship, funded through dues to the association and gifts, amounts to at least $1,500 and as much as $2,000 payable to the college or university during the student’s freshman year. Other projects funded by Leadership Jackson Alumni dues include quarterly alumni luncheons, professional development programs and “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 2013 for her more than 35 years of developing the Leadership Jackson program. Individuals and/or donors wishing to make a tax-deductible donation in Renshaw’s honor to the scholarship can do so through the chamber’s foundation.

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