Each year, Junior Achievement of Abilene is thrilled to offer multiple scholarships to area high school graduates who had received Junior Achievement programming during their high school career. In 2010, Junior Achievement of Abilene was excited to offer ACU-bound Abilene High School graduate Travis Kern with a $6,000 scholarship paid over four years. Five years later, Travis is motivated to say "thank you" in a public way.Now, an Abilene High School teacher (Integrated Physics & Chemistry) and coach (football & basketball), Coach Kern credits JA for helping him achieve an important goal: "Junior Achievement promotes financial responsibility and one of my goals was to graduate from college with little to no debt. With the help of my JA scholarship I was able to meet this goal. Junior Achievement is dedicated to helping students continue their education by providing these scholarships. Thank you!"Often times, students wonder how what they are learning will affect them outside the classroom. Coach Kern remembers his JA volunteers to be professional, knowledgeable, and encouraging! Moreover, he remembers the JA volunteers for being relevant and "bringing ?real life? into the classroom." To this end, he credits a Personal Finance program offered through Mrs. Sarah Fambrough?s Senior Economics class with lessons that he continues to put into practice regarding saving habits as opposed to accumulating debt.In addition, Travis said, "I believe the skills and lessons I learned in the Junior Achievement programs offered at Abilene High prepared me for a successful career and taught me how to manage my finances, work with others, and contribute to my community. Thank you."Like Travis learned in 2010, Junior Achievement wants to help high school graduates obtain higher education while promoting financial responsibility. The JA office in Abilene is currently seeking students who have received JA programming at any point in their high school career to apply for one of our varying 4-year scholarships. To learn more about our scholarship offerings, visit the Junior Achievement of Abilene scholarship information page .