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Musician, son, brother, friend, advisor – Lawrence E. Jackson was many things, but the role he sought most was that of a difference maker, a person willing to give of himself so that others might overcome challenge and succeed. It is that fundamental Christian humanity which lies at the core of the Foundation’s effort. We like to call it “Lawrence’s Legacy” and over the past ten years 54 scholarships have been awarded because of it.
“These young people are the living legacy because they are working to the best of their ability to be who God has called them to be. Why not be involved with educating someone and making life better for them,” said Hazel Jackson, Lawrence’s mother and the driving force of the LEJF. Driven by an unceasing desire to honor a life well-lived the Lawrence E. Jackson, II Foundation plunges into its 13th year with a renewed commitment to help young people on their path of academic and ultimately, life achievement.
In addition to financial support, Jackson scholars are gifted with abiding encouragement and counsel. The Foundation remains firmly in their corner offering students a ready ear and the invaluable resource of faith and life experience.
“Giving back is our purpose. It is something that we are called to do,” said Lawrence Jackson, Lawrence’s father. “We do it with the help of friends and family; coming together as one to make the mission complete.”
Each year supporters of the Lawrence E. Jackson Foundation gather for a special night with scholarship recipients present, past and future. It is an evening filled with promise, confidence, faith and love. The money generated is important, but the friendships molded and memories made offer a lasting dividend beyond measure.
“Lawrence loved to listen and to help people,” said Kevin Jackson, Lawrence’s brother and Vice President of the Lawrence E. Jackson Foundation. “He would be ecstatic to see what has happened. I know he is smiling down on us right now as we continue the work that needs to be done to help others.”