JACT Scholarships

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail offers scholarships to area students who have participated in a JA program during high school.  Scholarships are awarded each spring to deserving and hardworking students and to date, we have awarded over $1.3 million to area students.  Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of scholastic ability, participation in JA programs, as well as other organizational or extracurricular activities.  Students are evaluated on achievement, leadership, college and career potential, and financial need. After submitting an application, teacher recommendation letter and high school transcript, (SAT/ACT scores can be submitted for bonus points), top applicants will be invited to interview with the scholarship committee. 

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail offers two scholarships.

The $10,000 Robert and Catherine Alexander Scholarship is offered annually.

The $12,000 John W. and Kay L. Spruill Leadership Scholarship is offered biannually.  The next available opportunity for this scholarship will be for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Participation in a Junior Achievement high school program in our JA Area
  • Currently be a high school senior.
  • Submit a completed online application
  • Submit a teacher recommendation letter
  • Submit high school transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores can be submitted for bonus points
  • Finalists must participate in an interview with the scholarship committee


Please note that the online application cannot be saved and returned to at a later date.  In order to successfully submit your application, you will need to fill in all fields and click 'Submit' at the end of the form, as paper or printed applications will not be accepted. 

Below is a list of the essay questions included in the application; we recommend planning out your responses in Word or Notepad before starting the application, since the application cannot be saved and returned to at a later date. 

Cover Letter
Please include reasons why you feel you should be awarded this scholarship. Be sure to emphasize your accomplishments, any JA experiences related to your anticipated major, plans for college, and future goals. There is a 500 word limit for the Cover Letter section.

Essay Questions
There is a 500 word limit for each essay question.

What influence has Junior Achievement had on you and your college plans?

Why do you feel it is important to continue your education?

Explain any extenuating circumstances or experiences that you feel are important for the Scholarship Committee to consider.

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For more information about this opportunity, please contact  Jennifer Beavers  

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