We recently spoke with Jackson Hall, a scholarship recipient who decided to pay it forward. Years after graduating from Madison College, Jackson created a scholarship to assist students as someone once did for him. In 2002, Jackson Hall attended Madison Area Technical College to become an Automotive Technician. To help with finances, he also worked in the industry repairing vehicles and applied for scholarships through the Foundation. Jackson was an excellent student and received several scholarships, which helped pay his way through college.
After graduating with his degree as an Automotive Technician, he reenrolled at MATC to obtain his Accounting Assistance Diploma and Accounting Associates Degree. Since then, Jackson continued his education and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (from Cardinal Stritch University) and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management (though Lakeland College). Jackson now operates a small tax preparation business and works full-time at a Madison area hospital as an Administrative Officer of Nursing.
After graduating and spending a few years in the workforce, Jackson was in the position to give back to the Foundation. He created a scholarship to honor one of his mentors, Pat Prihoda, who he felt was a “genuine, hard working person who succeeded”. This scholarship fund was established for students who need assistance paying for auto parts. He wanted to provide an “extra push students who might not have otherwise been able to graduate”. Jackson feels it is important to stay connected to his alma mater and stated “My educational foundation started at MATC, and without the college, I wouldn’t be where I am today”.