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ALEX JACKSON ‘20


 
Alex Jackson '20

 
 

Mr. Jackson studies Finance and hails from Bentonville, AR, where he attended Bentonville High School.

Why did you initially choose to attend Morehouse?

Before matriculating I was able to see and experience all ways that Morehouse would invest in my development as a Black man both in the classroom and outside of it. I knew I could come to Morehouse and truly be my entire self, have a real purpose, and make a real impact.

What has kept you at Morehouse?

That exact development I was looking for and expecting is what has played out in my time here. In the few short years I have been here, I have grown in unimaginable ways professionally, academically, personally, socially, and so much more. There are also endless opportunities here at Morehouse to make an impact because of the tight-knit, high-quality nature of the school. You can really come into Morehouse and step into your purpose as a black man and leader.

Why did you choose to study Major?

Business was something I knew I wanted to study for a long time because of my aspirations to be a leader and innovator in the sports business realm. I felt finance was the proper concentration to develop the technical background and analytical skills I was looking to acquire and put to work in my time at Morehouse and beyond.

Outside of your Finance, what have you spent time learning about?

Black leaders and history, spirituality, sports, technology, leadership

More about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated:

The campus organization I am currently most active with is the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I was initiated into the chapter in the Spring of 2018 and have served as the Vice President for about a year. In my role, I am responsible for presiding over all the committees that make up our chapter. With all the work that our chapter does it is my responsibility to ensure it is aligned with the vision and standard of excellence our chapter is known for. Depending on the time of year that can be anywhere between 15 and 25 committees operating at once. The experience has been one of the more challenging leadership roles I have ever been in; Morehouse College is filled with so many great young black leaders and many of the top tier leaders at our are also in my chapter. This year alone we have the SGA President, CASA Jr. and Sr. Co-chairs, RHA President, NAACP President, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons College Ambassadors, and SGA Jr. Board Trustee just to name a few. Being a leader amongst leaders of that caliber is a challenge in itself, especially when the organization you run is a brotherhood before anything else. Leading in business amongst a family of leaders has been difficult but rewarding; My experience in this role has pushed me to elevate my skillset and unlock a lot of potential in me. It has honestly been a testament to the power of Morehouse, the caliber of men that occupy this space, and the power that the environment can fill a young man with.

More about Alex’s work with the Athletic Department:

I believe my most interesting point here is my internship with the Athletic Department. This position I believe highlights the ability to come in and create and find a purpose for yourself at Morehouse. This position was really one I came up with myself and am still building off the ground. I came into Morehouse originally a walk-on basketball player unaware of the many problems HBCU Athletic Departments face. I sought to use that experience as a lifelong player and a refined analytical mindset to try and engage some of those problems the department faced. I reached out to leadership within the department and discussed my vision for the department and where I saw it could be better. That type of access and opportunity just doesn’t come to other schools especially not bigger schools with bigger athletic departments. I am currently in the process of formulating an entire curriculum to advance and elevate our athletic department utilizing written NCAA standards and regulations. The work and impact are coming slow but I believe I am hopeful that it is to come before I graduate.

You can contact Alex at David.Jackson2@morehouse.edu.

Internships

  • Student Intern - Morehouse College Athletic Department

  • Summer 2019 - Player and Entertainment Marketing Intern at the National Basketball Association

  • Summer 2018 - Financial Management Analyst Program (FMAP) Intern

  • College Ambassador - Atlanta Falcons

Full-Time Offers

  • FMAP Program - Bank of America

Scholarships

  • Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Pageant

Academic Greek Organizations

  • Alpha Lambda Delta

  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Professional Programs

  • Early Identification Leadership Program - Citi Bank