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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.

Recent award recipients

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

2016 - Dawn Anderson