In a short 24 years, Jeffrey Jinkerson established a legacy to be admired. His friends knew him as a lightsaber-wielding, improv-rapping, missions-minded master of Bible study who lived an entire lifetime for Christ in a mere 24 years before a car accident took his life on December 18, 2015.
Just days after his untimely death, Jeffrey’s friends took action and established a permanent scholarship in Jeffrey’s name at Freed-Hardeman University. Jeffrey graduated from FHU in 2014 with a degree in Missions and it seemed fitting to carry on his name with the Jeffrey Jinkerson Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a Missions degree.
Small gifts began to come in slowly. At the end of 2016 the balance of Jeffrey’s scholarship was $2,080. By the end of 2017 it had grown to $20,440. It was a triumphant day on November 14, 2018 when Jeffrey’s scholarship reached the $30,000 mark to become a permanent scholarship!
Although Jeffrey’s scholarship has reached the minimum level of $30,000, his friends are adamant this is only the beginning, not the end. The larger the scholarship becomes the more students will be impacted and the more people will be exposed to the legacy of Jeffrey Jinkerson. Gifts can be directed to Jeffrey’s scholarship at any time.
Leaving a legacy that brings others closer to Christ is every Christian’s ultimate goal. Jeffrey achieved that goal, and those who knew him were better for it.
*The Jeffrey Jinkerson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each year to students pursuing a Missions degree at FHU where they will be equipped with knowledge and techniques that enable them to effectively win souls for Christ at home and abroad, just as Jeffrey intended to do himself.