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Judd and Barbara Jacobson Award

  • Celebrating 25 years of entrepreneurial support for people with disabilities

    Established in 1992, the Judd and Barbara Jacobson Award recognizes the pursuit or achievement of a business entrepreneurial endeavor by a person with a disability. This year's award recipient will receive a $10,000 cash award to advance their business endeavor.

    The award is named for Judd Jacobson and his wife, Barbara. Judd was a Minnesota business leader who became a quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident in 1943.

    The award exemplifies the business entrepreneurial spirit of Judd Jacobson who was a committed, creative and innovative spirit in both his vocational and avocational endeavors. Funds for the award are made possible by a gift from the late Daniel J. Gainey, a lifelong friend of Judd and Barbara Jacobson.

    Award winners

    Recent Judd and Barbara Jacobson Memorial Award recipients

    2017 – Gaelynn Lea Tressler, Cheryl Bemel and Robert (Bob) Wilsie

    2016 - Dawn Anderson

    2015 - Zach Knukey and Kelsey Peterson 

    2014 - Joshua Straub and Jenn Schmidt

    2013 - Joel Boonstra (See article on page 3 of Onward.)

  • Applications

    The application period has closed.

    Any questions?

    Call 612-775-2584.