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Grateful grads fund Rick Jackson Scholarship for high-flying Commerce students

Grateful grads fund Rick Jackson Scholarship for high-flying Commerce students

A group of former students have ensured that retired Professor Rick Jackson will be remembered by deserving Commerce students for years to come. Commerce alumni spanning the 1990s banded together to establish the Rick Jackson Scholarship that will be awarded to a third-year Commerce student on the basis of academic achievement and general contribution to student life. In accordance with Rick’s wishes, preference will be given to a student planning to go on international exchange.

Commerce grads Warren Jones (’92) and Bruce Teron (’91) led the charge in rallying fellow alumni to the cause. “Based on a few phone calls to test-run the idea, it was apparent that many Commerce alumni wanted to say a big thank-you to both Rick and his wife Moira, and were eager to do that in person,” says Warren.

A social event at Toronto’s Hard Rock Café on October 15 brought out more than 50 grads to thank Rick and Moira for all their contributions to the School. Volunteers from various classes helped organize the event and raise funds for the scholarship. They included BCom’91s Peter Meyers and Margot McLeod; Greg Loewen and William LeMay representing BCom’93; Michael Castellarin of the Class of ’95; and BCom’96 stalwarts Steven Goldbach, Rob Renaud and Mike Murray.

“Rick encouraged me to get really involved in student life at Queen’s and make the most of that quintessential ‘Queen’s experience’ that is at the heart of what the University offers students. We wanted to help current students to continue doing that when financial pressures might otherwise mean another part-time job instead,” Bruce explains.

The group has raised more than $67,000 to date, generating enough interest to provide a scholarship to one student per year in perpetuity. The goal now is to at least double that amount so that two students can benefit each year.

If Rick Jackson made a difference in your life, you can make a difference in his honor by contributing to this scholarship fund. For more information, please contact Tina Bailey at or 1.800.267.7837. It’s also easy to contribute online »

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