Doug Jackman, AB’89, MBA’95, has a fierce loyalty to the University of Chicago, and it runs in the family.

Doug was introduced to the University of Chicago at an early age. His aunt, Mary Jean Mulvaney, started working in the University’s Department of Physical Education and Athletics in 1966, the year he was born.

Early days of swimming in the old Ida Noyes and Bartlett pools, combined with encouragement from one of his most beloved high school teachers, led Doug to apply to only two schools upon graduation. UChicago was his top choice.

A transplant from Grant, Nebraska, Doug loved that Hyde Park felt like a small town, a place where professors regularly engaged with students.

He particularly remembers German professor James Bruce, the first African American teacher in the College.

“Herr Bruce really cared about the students he taught,” Doug says.

Doug played football for the Maroons while his aunt led the athletics department, and his fondness for the University steadily grew as time went on. A recognized student leader in his fourth year, he was sought out to lead fundraising efforts for the Senior Class Gift, which had been reintroduced the year before.

In 1989, he and a fellow committee member raised $11,000 from close to 12 percent of their classmates—more than tripling what their predecessors had raised. Today, the Senior Class Gift continues as a solid tradition with a nearly 80 percent participation rate.

Several years later, Doug returned to the University. He earned his business degree from the Graduate School of Business, today’s Booth School of Business, alongside his brothers, William Jackman, MBA’95, and Daniel Jackman, MBA’94.

Eventually, Doug started his own family with a fellow alum. Doug and Dr. Kristine R. Jackman, AB’87, were married in 1994 in Bond Chapel. Their son, Andrew, graduated from the College in 2018, and their daughter, Abigail, has been admitted to the Class of 2022.

After more than 25 years of giving to the College and Chicago Booth, Doug has earned a reputation for his consistent generosity. He and Kristine are members of the Chicago Society and the Maroon Loyalty Society, and in 2012 decided to help even more students enjoy the same experience that they cherish. The Jackman-Mulvaney Family Odyssey Scholarship shares their name and the name of Doug’s aunt, who retired from the University in 1990.

The scholarship has just one stipulation: it should ideally go to a student who comes from the same kind of rural background as Doug and Kristine.

“It’s important to pay it forward,” Doug said. “The University had a great impact on us as students. Giving time and resources is one small way to say thank you.”