“Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege.”
-John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
It was from the giving of others that enabled a young man from the inner-city of Cleveland, Ohio to attend one of the top-rated colleges in the mid-west, become a two-time NCAA Football National Champion, author a personal-growth book while in graduate school, receive recognition for over three dozen awards and accomplishments, and become a doctor at the age of 25. Over my life I have been given the opportunity to accomplish feats that seem difficult, and for that reason I have chosen to establish an ongoing scholarship at my high school alma mater as a way to encourage youths and young adults to strive for excellence and achieve the American Dream.
Albert Einstein said it best when he said: “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” Through our daily interactions with one another, we have the opportunity to give. We can give through a kind word, gesture, affirmation, community service, mentor ship, etc. If you have ever received any form of favor in your life, I challenge you to find a reason to give into someone’s life. By doing this, we will empower one another and foster the leaders of tomorrow.
(Below is the excerpt from the Scholarship Awards Program Book):
May 28, 2009
Dr. Byron G. JacksonThink Large International Scholarship Award
– This award was established in 2009 by Dr. Byron G. Jackson, a member of the Class of 2001, co-captain of the football team, MAC Scholar, and author. The award is presented to a senior pursuing a career in the health field who has earned average to high academic performance and is a well-rounded individual who has participated in extra-curricular activities such as band, athletics, community service, etc. The recipient will receive this award today for their willingness to become one of the leaders of tomorrow and live the American Dream.