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Meet scholarship recipient Julian A. Jackson

Julian A. Jackson

 Meet scholarship recipient Julian A. Jackson
: Grove City, Ohio
Major : Intervention Specialist (College of Education and Human Development)
Scholarships : Isaac Cochran Memorial Scholarship; BGSU Heritage Scholarship
Involvement : student caller and supervisor for BGSU Telefund, which raises about $1 million per year for scholarships and programs at Bowling Green State University

Julian is passionate about helping special needs students to surpass barriers to their educational goals, but the rising cost of higher education loomed as a potential barrier to Julian's goals. He was struggling to work two jobs in order to minimize his student debt. Financial support from his family was limited, with his parents divorced and his mother self-employed. Luckily, he received the Isaac Cochran Memorial Scholarship, named for a father who worked multiple jobs to support the education of his children. "There is only so much work you can do with 15 (to) 18 credit hours," he said. "I had just started running out of money, but now I won't have to worry about working so hard to pinch pennies for my books."

Why BGSU ? "One of my coaches was a student with an (individualized educational plan). They told him he might as well go into a trade. Instead, he went to BG to become a special education teacher and coach. His story helped me so much, and I wanted to give back. Because BG was a school made for teachers, I thought that was a good route."

How do you spend your time out of class? "I work two part-time jobs, security at Stones Throw Tavern and as a supervisor for BGSU Telefund. I became a caller after I got the scholarship, and I've raised more than $40,000 for the University. Some callers raise $200,000 and up. A lot of donors that love BG haven't even gone to our school. After one caller gave $1,000 to a scholarship, I said, 'I just want to thank you on behalf of all the students here and myself included. Because I just actually received a scholarship, and it's because of people like you that I have this opportunity.' It was really heartfelt, because I'm raising money for something that I believe in."

Advice for first-year BGSU students? "Try to take on any opportunity, talk to as many professors as you can, and meet as many people as you can meet."

 (Posted January 22, 2013 )