The Nate Jackson Endowed Scholarship

Ross Jackson, father of former NFL player Nate Jackson '01, and his wife, Marilyn, recently came to the Menlo College campus to meet the recipient of their family scholarship. The Nate Jackson Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a returning student who demonstrates high academic performance, leadership potential, and financial need.

When our youngest son graduated from Menlo College ten years ago, we thought our relationship with that institution was ended. Not so. We soon realized that the fine education Nathan had received, coupled with his opportunity to play the game he loved, had turned our boy into a well-rounded and confident young man.

Still involved with football, he was briefly a San Francisco 49er before being traded to Denver, where he wore the Bronco uniform for six years. Realizing the importance of the role that Menlo College had played in his life, Nathan joined with us in creating a scholarship that bears his name.

Recently we visited the Menlo campus to meet the most recent recipient of the scholarship, a fine young man named Steve Lopes. He is a junior now nearing the end of his third year at Menlo. We had lunch with him and were joined by Dorothy Skala, Tina Fairbairn, Fred Guidici and Catherine Reeves. We were most impressed with Steve. He is a defensive back on the Oaks football team and also happens to be a product of Pioneer High School in San Jose, the school from which Nathan graduated in 1997.

So our relationship with Menlo College did not end and has not ended. Perhaps when you get Menlo in your blood, it's there to stay.