Justin Kinney Memorial Scholarship

Hello, my name is Melissa Kinney and I would like to share a story with you. My Late Husband, Justin Kinney grew up in Braintree, VT with his Mother, Father, Sister and Brother.  Justin and I started dating in the Spring of 1999.  In the fall of 2000 he was diagnosed with ALS, also know as Lou Gherig's Disease, at the age of 29.   We were married in July of 2001 and we had a beautiful son in July 2003.  I wanted to be sure he was able to experience all of lifes joys before he passed away.  Justin loved his son more than anything in this world.  Justin loved children and felt the importance of education for children.  
Farm raised and outdoor enthusiast, Justin himself, started farming after high school.  He attended FFA at the Randolph Vocational Center(Now called Randolph Technical Career Center, RTCC). 
Justin fought this battle for Five years and  on May 3, 2005, Justin lost his battle.  Justin was only 33.   Justin was our rock, our strength, the love of my life.  
After Justin passed away I designed, printed and sold homemade cookbooks to start a Scholarship in his name at RTCC.   I initially raised about $ 750.00 .  That was a few years ago and the money they have is getting smaller.  The Scholarship is for any student that exudes the same hard working, good heart, determined attitude like Justin had.  Whether or not they decided to further their education or join the workforce. They may need workboots, books, chaps, chainsaw or whatever it may be to help them get a head start.  The Instructor decides who the recipient will be.
I would like to keep this Memorial Scholarship going but this is where I need your help, I cannot do it alone anymore.
Please help me raise more money to keep this going for the next generation to continue on learning in their own way.  All proceeds will be forwarded to the RTCC for the Justin Kinney Memorial Scholarship. 
Thank you so much for your consideration and donations.  Makes my heart feel so good to do good for others. 
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    • $10 
    • 82 mos
  • Erin (McManamy) Taylor 
    • $100 
    • 83 mos
  • Anne Silloway 
    • $25 
    • 83 mos
  • Mason Kinney 
    • $15 (Offline)
    • 83 mos
  • Jessica Brassard 
    • $150 
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Melissa Rathbun Kinney 
Stockbridge, VT
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