Overview

    Houston Endowment invests in a wide range of initiatives to provide individuals, especially those from low-income backgrounds, the opportunity to thrive. Central to our mission is the belief that education is a key pathway to opportunity.

    In pursuit of that mission, the Foundation awards Jones Scholarships to area high school students, investing in some of our community’s most promising future leaders. Jones Scholars, named for Houston Endowment founders Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, receive financial support toward a baccalaureate degree.

    Houston Endowment began awarding Jones Scholarships in 1958. Since then, the Foundation has given nearly $100 million to support over 11,000 individuals.

    New Jones Scholarship Program in Partnership with The University of Texas at Austin

    Houston Endowment will support a new group of Jones Scholars beginning in spring 2015, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin.

    As part of its focus on post-secondary success for students from low-income backgrounds, Houston Endowment is interested in the role that targeted support systems in college can play in increasing a student’s likelihood of completing a college degree. Such support is especially crucial for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who historically have completed college at much lower rates as compared to their peers.

    Houston Endowment recently announced support for The University Leadership Network (ULN) at The University of Texas at Austin. ULN is a promising program that addresses college persistence through academic and social support, providing critical wrap-around services to help students achieve academic success and graduate from college in four years. Students from greater Houston who participate in ULN will carry the designation Jones Scholars.

    For the 2015-2016 school year, the grant will benefit approximately 125 freshmen from the Houston area. Those students will receive comprehensive academic and social support at UT, taking part in internships, service and leadership training.

    For Current Jones Scholars

    This program transition will not affect existing Jones Scholarship recipients who were awarded those scholarships through April 2015. Houston Endowment will continue support for all active Jones Scholars for the duration of their scholarships. The changes to the program will not affect current scholarship recipients’ eligibility for ongoing support or the amount of scholarship funding they will receive.

    For More Information

    For additional questions about existing Jones Scholarship recipients, contact Scholarship America by phone at 507-931-0440 or via e-mail at jones@scholarshipamerica.org.

    Click here to access frequently asked questions about the Jones Scholars Program transition.

    For general questions about the Houston Endowment Jones Scholars program, e-mail scholars@houstonendowment.org.

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