Supporter Stories

Carol and Paul Kurtz


"Through the years of reading applications, I have always been amazed at the spark that scholarship applicants are able to muster to turn crippling events in their lives around and come to the realization that education can be the key to a new life for them and those in their family and community."

For her 60th birthday, Carol decided that she would celebrate by donating a scholarship to JRF. She asked friends and family to give gifts in her honor to the foundation. Carol and her husband Paul made up the difference, and her scholarship was awarded.

"I was so pleased, as a career educator, to be able to request that this birthday scholarship be awarded to someone studying to be an educator. The person chosen will be completing her studies in special education soon. When I read her personal statement about this choice, I was moved to tears, as that was part of my own undergraduate college double major. Then I knew for sure, this was a match made in heaven."

Carol and Paul continue to give a scholarship each year.