Jerry Jenkins was born in Kenmare, ND and moved to Thief River Falls with his family when he was a young child. He was a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1970. In 1972 he hired out on the Soo Line Railroad working along side his dad and brother where he worked until his retirement in 2008. Jerry was a blue collar worker that believed good hard work and good hard play should have a nice balance, and gave his all to both, although his family always came first. He had a knack for making everyone feel special being generous in spirit and gentle of heart. His life was taken in a car accident on July 12, 2010.
This scholarship was started by his daughter's co-workers, and will be kept going by family and friends.
The scholarship is for a Lincoln High School senior who will be pursuing a career in trades and must maintain at least a C average.