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Judd Jacobson Memorial Award

Celebrating Entrepreneurial Spirit

Established in 1992, the Judd Jacobson Memorial Award recognizes pursuit or achievement of a business entrepreneurial endeavor by a person with a physical disability or sensory impairment. The award recipient receives a special plaque, a $5,000 cash award to advance their entrepreneurial business endeavor and is honored at a special event at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Golden Valley Campus.


Established in 1992, the Judd Jacobson Memorial Award recipient should demonstrate entrepreneurial skill, financial need, exceptional personal commitment and have received little or no previous public recognition.  To be considered for the award, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, or North or South Dakota.  If you have questions, please contact Megan Astry, 763-230-1368 or  

Recent Judd Jacobson Memorial Award Recipients

Year       Name                                        Business
2012        Aaron Cross                               Independent Living Skills specialist/inspirational speaker
2011        Nicholas Brown                           Landscaper

We are now accepting applications for 2013. Download the application.


  • Have a physical disability or sensory impairment
  • Demonstrate pursuit of achievement of an entrepreneurial business endeavor
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Reside in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota or South Dakota
  • Individuals and groups are welcome to apply for the award.  Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Courage Kenny Foundation employees are not eligible.

Selection Process

To be considered for the Award, nominees or their nominator must complete a nomination form and clearly specify how the money will be used to further their business endeavor. Nominees may attach supplementary information to support their nomination, including a biography/resume, letters of recommendation and a business plan.  Finalists may be asked to come to Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for an interview. The recipient and runners up will be notified of the selection committee’s decision shortly after the interview.

The completed application and supporting documents must be sent to or Courage Kenny Foundation no later than Friday, Aug. 23.

Join us for the Judd Jacobson Award event

When:   Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
             6 p.m. Social hour
             6:30 p.m. Program
             Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.
Where: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Golden Valley Campus Atrium (formerly Courage Center)