Ten years ago the Spencer Family approached JA with an idea to partner on college scholarships for promising entrepreneurs, and the JA Inspiration Scholarship Program was born. Since 2007 JA has awarded $408,000 in scholarships to 73 promising students!
Recently the Spencer Family met with JA to discuss how they might help make JA’s program sustainable for many years to come – this spawned another idea that may do just that!
Their only son, Carson, was a charismatic, enterprising entrepreneur but died as a result of an illness in 2004 at age 34. He spoke often of taking some of his financial success to help “others achieve their potential” but that did not happen – until now!
Beginning in 2017 the Spencer Family will fund a JA Inspiration Scholarship (chosen by JA’s selection committee) and the recipient will be known as a “Carson J Spencer Scholar.”
The Spencer Family invites you to join them with an annual gift of $5,000 to support the college dreams of a young person, while also honoring someone or something important to you.
The stories of these young people are truly inspiring and the recipients shine with hope for a promising future.