Bachelor of Pharmacy student Jaclyn McAliece was ecstatic when she found out she received the inaugural Emeritus Professor John Jackson Scholarship.
There were really hard times financially… without the scholarship, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to come to Melbourne to study. [It has] enabled me to really follow my dreams and do something that I really love.“
“The scholarship has just been everything to me,” says Jaclyn. “It’s paid for all my accommodation and travel expenses, books, food, clothes – it’s been life-changing,” she says. “I found VCE [the final year of high school] very stressful, I’m just one of those people who stresses about anything. I worked really, really hard. So when I got the scholarship, it was such a big boost, it showed me that others believed in me.“
Jaclyn always dreamed of attending university, but growing up in Bendigo in a single parent household, it was challenging financially. “There were really hard times financially… without the scholarship, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to come to Melbourne to study…without the scholarship I might have stayed in Bendigo and done a different course that I was not really passionate about. [It has] enabled me to really follow my dreams and do something that I really love.“ she says.
Emeritus Professor John Jackson wanted to ensure his life-long dedication to education wouldn’t be forgotten.
Professor Jackson held a number of high profile roles at RMIT, including Dean of Business. He also loved music and arts, and served on the board of 3RRR community radio (originally an RMIT student radio station), and Channel 31 community television station. Professor Jackson also co-authored the leading introductory McGraw-Hill textbook Economics, which, eight editions later, is still one of the country’s most widely used texts on economics.
As a staff member of RMIT and a passionate advocate for students, Professor Jackson wanted to create a lasting legacy at the University. In the early 2000, as he approached retirement, he established the John Jackson Trust, to provide an annual allowance to cover the living costs for a disadvantaged student – currently the most generous philanthropic scholarship available at RMIT.
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