Junior Achievement has received a $500,000 grant from Sam’s Club as part of the “Giving Made Simple” voting campaign.

Locally, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado will receive $5,000 for program implementation and general operating expenses.

This will affect about 200 kindergarten through 12th-grade students in 10 classes in southern Colorado, said David Loose, CEO of Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado.

Nationally, that money will be distributed throughout small, medium and large communities. The grant will go to support economic education and entrepreneurship programs for 20,000 students.

Through the Giving Made Simple campaign, Sam’s Club members and associates voted to determine how to distribute $4 million among eight nonprofit organizations. Organizations were divided into two categories – education and entrepreneurship – and only competed with organizations in their categories.

During the month-long campaign, more than 125,000 Sam’s Club members and associates voted for their favorite organizations online and during a national one-day in-store event.

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The check was presented to Junior Achievement this morning at the Sam’s Club on Woodmen Rd.
Speakers at the event included Junior Achievement USA CEO Jack Kosakowski and Loose.

Through a volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.