Roy C. Jackson was a “little” at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region over 50 years ago. That means he was matched with a “big brother,” who gave his time to help Roy have a better chance in life. The positive relationship made an impact — having a direct and lasting effect on young Roy’s life. After a career with the Navy, Jackson decided to leave his trust to Big Brothers Big Sisters in hopes of helping at-risk children.

After 63-years of serving the area, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region has launched the Roy C. Jackson Scholarship to help fund college for children involved in the program. It is the first scholarship fund in the nonprofit’s history.

“Giving our high school graduates financial assistance is just another way to continue our mission to improve the lives of those involved in our program,” said Rich Howard, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region.

Today’s youth faces a variety of challenges, and Howard believes one of Big Brothers Big Sisters main goals is to help littles with academic achievement and college readiness. The program allows a Big Brother or Big Sister to help children navigate these challenges and reach their potential.

Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of children and are looking for more adult mentors. Those interested can visit for more details. For scholarship information, a planned gift or mentoring, visit