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Class of 1980 Grad Donates $1 Million for Bulldog Football and Baseball Scholarships

It's tough to put a price on the lessons one learns at The Citadel. Jess Jackson, Class of 1980, insists "there's not enough cash in the world to buy that Citadel ring off my finger," but he clearly places the value of his cadet experience at no less than a million dollars.

Jess Jackson, '80, displays his Society of 1842
medal, presented by General Rosa during the
opening home game of the 2009 football seaon.

To demonstrate the value he holds in his Citadel experience, Jess has documented a deferred gift designating The Citadel as the beneficiary of a retirement account currently valued at over $1 million. The gift will be split evenly to establish football and baseball scholarships through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

"I am grateful to The Citadel for the opportunity I had to earn a great education," Jackson stated, "and I wanted to give future athletes the same chance I had. It's a big effort these days to be a successful student first, as well as a dedicated athlete and a cadet in the Corps." 

Jackson played football and baseball in high school, but opted to play intramurals at The Citadel in order to focus his energy on academics. "I love college sports," he said, "and I am always impressed by the student athletes who succeed with their plates so full. I hope to help some cadets who find themselves in a situation similar to mine."    <<view article>>