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Ivey alumnus investing in students' success

December 15, 2015

Ivey alumnus investing in students' success
Ivey Business School Dean Robert (Bob) Kennedy and Donald Jackson, MBA’67, speak with incoming HBA students at an event announcing the new scholarships made possible by the Donald K. Jackson Family Foundation’s recent gift.

Donald Jackson, MBA'67, and his family are making it their business to help students in their pursuit of higher education.

Concerned that students weren’t getting the financial support they needed to pursue postsecondary education, Mr. Jackson and the Donald K. Jackson Family Foundation, which includes family directors Andrea Jackson-Lev and Sara Jackson, recently gave a generous $1-million donation to provide entrance scholarships to students seeking to attend the Ivey Business School.

“Our family is proud to offer future business leaders this financial assistance to enable them to attend Ivey and support them on their journey to achieving their goals,” says Mr. Jackson. “With these scholarships we are able to recognize and reward those students who excel in academics, give back to their communities, and possess the leadership qualities and entrepreneurial spirit to make a real difference in our society.”

Mr. Jackson is a graduate of the MBA program at Ivey and long-time former member of Ivey’s Advisory Board. He is the founder of Parkview Capital Partners, a private equity investor which has evolved into the Jackson Family Office. This office also supports the funding of scholarships and bursaries through a private investment in a company called Yconic.

The generous gift will support six scholarships and awards for first-year HBA students at Ivey: the HBA International Award, the HBA Community Service Award, the HBA Entrepreneurship Award and the HBA Award, which are each valued at $5,000, and two HBA Leaders Scholarships, each valued at $12,500. Each of the scholarships is renewable provided the recipient maintains an average of 80 per cent or higher.

This year’s recipients of the HBA Leaders Scholarships, Tom Grainger and Karen Yu, say this support has already made an incredible impact on their lives. “Receiving this scholarship has been motivation to hold myself to a higher personal standard of achievement,” Tom says. “It’s difficult to put into words the significance of having someone believe in you so thoroughly that they would offer such incredible support and ask for nothing in return but your best effort.”

Karen, whose dream has always been to become someone who influences others through inspiration and positivity, says receiving support from an alumnus also has special meaning for her. “As I continue on my path towards becoming a business leader, this gift has truly been a sign of encouragement and motivation. I will ensure that I will use my education to create value for the companies I work for and the communities I live in.”

For more information about supporting the Ivey Business School’s campaign priorities, please contact Louise Spencer, Director of Development (519.661.4100, ext. 84100 or

This article appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Impact Western
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