The Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship 

The Rose Bowl Game Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship is an annual scholarship that recognizes one graduating senior student from the Big Ten Conference and one  from the Pac-12 Conference for exceptional achievement in academics and civic service. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be paid to their postgraduate institution of choice, to further their academic study in an area of their choosing. The scholarship is now open for applications and will be awarded for the first second time in the Fall of 2020.

As part of the Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship, each recipient will be given the opportunity to receive a “Rose Bowl Game Experience,” which includes on-site work experience at the Rose Bowl Game and a visit to their respective Conference office. The game experience will consist of a four-night trip to Pasadena, Calif., to shadow staff during the build-up to “The Granddaddy of Them All,” culminating with the opportunity to work the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. The Conference visit will consist of a one night and one day trip to visit with various departments in the Big Ten or Pac-12 Conference office.

The scholarship is named on behalf of Keith Jackson, who was the voice of college football for several generations. Jackson was a man of many catchphrases, including “Whoa, Nellie” and “Big Uglies”, but was also credited with popularizing the Rose Bowl Game’s nickname as “The Granddaddy of Them All”. He was on the call for the Rose Bowl Game on 15 occasions, more than any other broadcaster, from 1989 to 2006. His final game in the broadcast booth was the 2006 BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl Game.

The Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship is funded by the Rose Bowl Game, which is a tri-party agreement between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference.

Eligibility Requirements

Students from universities that are a part of the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conference are eligible for the scholarship. These students must be in their final year of course study and have consistently demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics and civic service throughout their collegiate career. Specifically, a nomineemust:

  1. Honorably represent a Big Ten Conference institution or a Pac-12 Conference institution, exhibiting excellencein academics and civic service while displaying strong character and leadership skills.
  2. Plan to enroll in graduate or professional school within eighteen (18) months of graduation.
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of the application.
  4. Express an interest to pursue a career in the sports industry, specific to journalism, media relations, event operations, team operations, or marketing.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted directly to the Tournament of Roses by the applicant. A complete nomination packet should be emailed to the Selection Committee upon completion of the Fall 2019 semester, but no later than July 31, 2020. A nomination packet must include:

  1. A student application form prepared and signed by the nominee
  2. Two letters of recommendation on behalf of the nominee
    • One letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member familiar with the nominee’s academic performance (highlighting academic achievement and effort, extracurricular activities, leadership, accomplishments, )
    • One letter of recommendation from an employer, coach or community representative (highlighting character, leadership, teamwork, work ethic, )
  3. An official copy of the nominee’s transcript
  4. A resume that includes relevant work experience and community service
  5. A headshot of the student for publicity purposes (please email in .JPEG format

Any questions? Email the Selection Committee – Keith Jackson Postgraduate Scholarship