RJ Young’s John T. Crunk Scholarship Program was established in 2004 to achieve a number of highly desirable objectives. This program seeks to assist the dependent children of our full-time employees with their college expenses. The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and activities. The goal for providing these scholarships is simple – to help our employees’ children attain the education they deserve, while preventing any financial strain on our employees. Since 2004, the John T. Crunk Scholarship Program has provided over 55 scholarships to our employees’ children. We are proud to recognize the recipients of this year’s scholarships.
Kimberly Reischman graduated with honors and in the top 10 of her class at Mount Pleasant High School in May 2018. Kimberly was a cheerleader all four years, was a member in HOSA, and has been working at JJ’s BBQ since the Spring of 2016. She is attending MTSU this fall and is studying Nursing. Her plans are to become a Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys hanging out with her friends.
Noah Houck is a Senior at Austin Peay State University and is a third-time recipient of the John T. Crunk Scholarship. At APSU, Noah majors in Communications with a focus in Journalism. Noah also works for the student newspaper as the sports editor and will soon be taking over the role of the managing editor. Noah’s experiences with sports journalism have allowed him to travel and cover sports for his school, while meeting a number of professionals across the U.S.
Kate Eikel is the daughter of Robert and Brandy Eikel and is currently attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she is studying Materials Science and Engineering. Kate is an active member of the 1794 Honors and Scholars Program, is involved in the Materials Research Society, and serves a mentor for the Society of Women Engineers at UT.
Hailey Hancock is the daughter of Harry and Tracy Merten and a 2018 graduate of Jo Byrns High School in Cedar Hill, TN. While in high school, Haley was active in Cheerleading, H.O.S.A , Middle TN Vocal Association, and Advanced Choir. She also helped prevent bullying and cyberbullying at school through her Words Hurt, a presentation program catered to underclassmen, at Jo Byrns High School. Hailey is currently a Freshman at Austin Peay State University majoring in Nursing.