Jenness scholarship extends DePaul mission

Jim Jenness (COM ’69 , MBA ’71, DHL ’06) and his wife Sharon recently made a major bequest to establish the James and Sharon Jenness Endowed Scholarship Award, which will be awarded on the basis of need and academic standing to students in the College of Commerce marketing program.

“I love DePaul,” says Jenness. “The education and values I received at our university have been the biggest enablers of my life. DePaul opened possibilities I never dreamed of growing up on the South Side of Chicago. ”

Jenness is chairman of the board of directors of Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., following service as chairman and CEO. He serves as one of four trustees who oversee the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, one of the worlds’ largest philanthropic organizations. He earned two degrees from DePaul, a bachelor’s in marketing and an MBA. He is vice-chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees and serves on the trustee steering committee of DePaul’s Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign.

“DePaul has always been a place where talented, hard-working students have an opportunity, regardless of their ethnic or economic background,” says Jenness. “DePaul’s academic strength continues to grow every year. In an environment of rising costs, when higher education is more important than ever before, we have to keep these opportunities viable and DePaul’s mission alive.”

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