RJ Young Announces 2019/2020 John T. Crunk Scholarship Recipients

John T. Crunk Scholarship

RJ Young awards employees’ children with college scholarship for the 15th year in a row.

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 their full-time employees with their college expenses. The John T. Crunk Scholarship is one way RJ Young helps support their employees.

The scholarships are awarded based on the student’s academic achievements and activities. The goal of providing these scholarships is simple – to help their employees’ children attain the education they deserve while preventing any financial strain on their employees.

Since 2004, the John T. Crunk Scholarship Program has provided over 59 scholarships to their employees’ children. They are proud to recognize the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

Genevieve Edwards, Navarre, Florida  

Genna Edwards

Genevieve is the daughter of T.J. and Katharine Edwards. Genevieve graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in May 2019. While in high school, she was active in Swimming, Band, H.O.S.A, Ocean Hour, the Academy for Health and Medical Professions, and the Marine Science Club.

Genevieve initiated and headed a project called “Conservation Stations” to reduce the amount of single-use plastic wasted generated on her high school campus by installing several water bottle refilling stations.

Genevieve is attending the University of West Florida and is studying Cultural Anthropology in the Honors Program.


Mallie Claire Alfano, Homewood, Alabama

Mallie Claire Alfano

Mallie is a 2019 Homewood High School Honor Graduate with an Advanced Academic Endorsement and a Seal of Distinction. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Beta Club.

She was a cheerleader and captain of the varsity squad. She lettered in varsity golf, SGA representative, Math Team, Peer Helper, Key Club, Diamond Dolls, Latin Club, and Relay for Life.

She served the Overflow Foundation, Service Over Self of Memphis, Bell Center Youth Alliance, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, and Trinity United Methodist Church. She has also served in Cienaguita, Panama.

Mallie Claire will attend The University of Alabama where she will major in Mathematics in the University’s Honors College and the STEM MBA program.

Jenna Williams, Columbus, Mississippi

Jenna Williams

Jenna is the daughter of Wendell and Kim Williams. She graduated from homeschooling in 2018 with a 4.0 average. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Columbus Girl Choir, Mississippi Baptist All-State Youth Choir and Orchestra, Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra, and Distinguished Concerts International New York Vocal Colors at Carnegie Hall. 

She has logged hundreds of hours of community service and is spending this summer in Salcha, Alaska doing mission work with the Mississippi Baptist Association.

Jenna will pursue her Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in Multicultural Studies at Winters School of Music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Cooper Stanley, Caledonia, Mississippi

John T. Crunk Scholarship

Cooper is a 2019 graduate from Caledonia High School and the daughter of Todd and Patti Stanley. Cooper logged 150 hours of community service including Salvation Army kettlebell, special needs cheerleader volunteer, tornado relief volunteer, and much more.

She was a varsity cheerleader, tennis captain, Beta Club treasurer, Student Government Class Representative, World Language Club Secretary, Future Career and Community Leaders of America, CHS Ambassador, and GameTime Athletics competitive cheerleading team, and more.

Her honors include Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, Universal Cheerleading Association four-time All-American, Mississippi Scholars Academic Excellence and Community Service, The University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, ACT Achievement Award, and more.

Cooper is excited to be attending The University of Alabama in the fall and majoring in Marketing.

Congratulations to the recipients who were awarded the John T. Crunk Scholarship for 2019/2020.

To view the 2018 John T. Crunk Scholarship recipients click here.