Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship - Jam Kancer in the Kan

Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship Overview

Robert “Bobby” Jeans was an integral part of Jam Kancer In The Kan since its inception in 2014. Together with his wife Kristen, Bobby could always be found volunteering and supporting our fundraising events. Sadly, Bobby was taken from us in an automobile accident on June 15, 2018. To honor the memory of our dear friend, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship. Our recipient will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Bobby Jeans graduated from A.L. Johnson High school, where he lettered in soccer, wrestling and track and field. After graduating high school, he attended the University of South Carolina, where he majored in Business Administration, concentrating in finance and real estate. Bobby served as an Executive Director with PGIM- Global Investment Management Business of Prudential Financial Inc. He was a dedicated volunteer administrator and coach of Kenilworth Wrestling. Despite a busy work and volunteer schedule, Bobby was best known for being a loving husband and father.

Bobby and his wife Kristen moved to Scotch Plains, New Jersey in 2009, where they had 3 beautiful children – McKenna, Emerson & Declan. Bobby could always be found cheering McKenna on at a swim meet, rooting for Emerson at one of her dance competitions or teaching his buddy Declan his favorite of all sports, golf. Though his family misses him dearly, Bobby left behind a legacy of hard work, volunteerism, and love of family for his children.

Apply For the 2024 Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship

  • Be a resident of Scotch Plains or Fanwood, New Jersey
  • Be involved in one or more after-school activities (athletic team, Club, etc)
  • Must have a “B” average or higher
  • Must be attending college in Fall 2024
  • Must submit an essay of not more than 250 words, describing how and why they went out of their way to assist someone with kancer
  • Must submit a letter from school official confirming: Grades & College Attending

All applications must be emailed to

Applicant should write “ROBERT JEANS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION” in subject line

Essays & confirmation letters must be submitted NO LATER than 5:00pm Eastern Standard time on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Recipient will be announced and notified on Friday, May 31, 2024

Meet our Previous Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship Winners

Kyle Brainard (2023 Winner)

Kyle is active in multiple after-school organizations, including Relay For Life, The Inclusion Club, The Deca Club and The National Honor Society. He was also a varsity lacrosse and football player and will continue his education and football career at the University of Rochester. "We received many worthy applications from graduating seniors in our Scotch Plains-Fanwood community," said Jamey Crimmins, founder of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation. "Kyle's effort's in giving back to others resonated with both the Jeans family and the members of our Selection Committee. We are proud to name him as the 2023 recipient of the Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship." A survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma himself, Kyle has gone out of his way in many instances throughout his life to help others affected by cancer.

Lindsay edelman (2022 Winner)

Lindsay served as President of SPFHS'S Student Movement Against Cancer Club (SMAC) for 2 years, volunteered for the American Cancer Society and at a number of our Foundations' Kancer Jam events, all while maintaining an A+ average at school. Lindsay will be continuing her education at Penn State University. We wish her luck in her future endeavors!

Tori O'Connor (2019 Winner)

We are pleased to announce that Tori O'Connor of Fanwood, New Jersey has been named the recipient of the 2019 Robert Jeans Memorial Scholarship. A senior at Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School, Tori managed a busy extracurricular schedule while becoming a member of the National Honor Society. She will be attending William & Mary.