Junior Achievement Inspires Student to Fall in Love with Business

College freshman Cory Marquardt decided to get involved with Junior Achievement in high school to develop his personal and professional skills. He wanted to learn more about economics and how to better manage his money.

Mari Stein, district director for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin <http://www.jawis.org/junior-achievement-of-wisconsin> , shared an email she recently received from Cory?a JA alumnus and scholarship winner. Cory won a $3,000 JA Participation Scholarship, which he is using toward his college education. The requirement for the scholarship was that the student had to participate in at least one JA program throughout his high school years?but Cory participated in more than just one JA program. ?Today, Cory is studying finance in the College of Business at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He attributes much of his current success to his experiences with Junior Achievement. Cory?s letter reads:"I left myself a note today to reach out to you and the rest of the JA staff here to thank you for everything that you have done for me. I have absolutely loved working with JA these last few years and JA is really the reason I fell in love with business."Without JA I would be half the person I am today and I thank you and the rest of the JA staff for the time and effort that is put into all the classes and events, because it really makes a difference. Most people ask me why I help out with JA and they usually assume it?s for the scholarship. I didnt even know there was a scholarship until half way through my junior year and even then, I didn?t do any of it for the money."This program is a great way for me to give back while doing something that I love. This scholarship is just an added bonus, one more amazing thing Junior Achievement has done for me. If I was able to share the money with you I would, but they said I have to spend it at school. I will always remember my days in JA and I will do my best to stay involved in my new home of Des Moines. Thank you again for everything these last few years, it has?meant the?world to me and my family."

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