Jones Scholarship

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2017 Garth & Marie Jones Scholarship




Two scholarships will be awarded that will pay up to $1400 each for tuition and fees for 2017 Spring Semester.  Note: This scholarship is restricted to tuition and fees for 2017 Spring Semester.  If you have other financial aid restricted to tuition and fees for the 2017 Spring Semester you are not eligible to receive this scholarship.  Please feel free to contact the Mountain West Center with any questions (contact information is below).


Who can apply :

This scholarship is for one USU junior or senior undergraduate student and one USU graduate student majoring in one or more of the following: English; History; Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Political Science; Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology; Religious Studies; Journalism and Communication; or Economics. The applicant must provide evidence of a record of high academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Applicants from the rural parts of Utah, southeastern Idaho, and southwestern Wyoming will be given preference in selection. Expected graduation date must not be before May 2017.


How to apply :

Please submit the following:

·          Application cover sheet (available in the Mountain West Center – Old Main Room 338, or email , or at )

·          Letter of interest describing your academic interests and relevant experiences, your commitment to community service, and your future career plans. You may also include a statement about how this scholarship will help you achieve specific goals. Your letter should also demonstrate a connection to the rural West and an interest in studying and understanding the Mountain West and its people, including the politics of the West. You may also discuss how your academic achievements are related to the interests and wishes of the original donors (see biographies below).

·          Résumé with a summary of academic recognitions, GPA, leadership involvement, community service and any other information relevant to this specific scholarship application.

·          References - Names and contact information for 3 references. Academic references are preferred (i.e., professors, internship supervisors, etc.). In any case, these people should not be related to you.  

·          Current USU transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) or a transcript from previous colleges (for transfer students).


Please submit your application simply stapled (not in a folder or binder). Be sure to include your contact information: mailing address, email, phone number, including school and permanent addresses. Selection of recipient shall be made by the scholarship committee of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, please email or call 435-797-0299 or stop by Old Main, Room 339.  Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 14, 2016, and recipients will be notified in December. Submit all application materials to:

        Jones Scholarship

        Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University

        UMC 0735 - Old Main Room 339

        Logan, UT  84322-0735

About Donors Garth Nelson Jones and Marie Clegg Jones: 

Dr. Garth Nelson Jones was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1925, and raised by a single mother after his father left the family during the Depression. He graduated from Utah State University in 1947 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Utah.  His career made him a student of Third World development for over five decades, mainly in South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Basin.  He has lived for extended periods in Micronesia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan under the auspices of U.S. Interior Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State; World Bank, Ford Foundation, United Nations, and the World Bank.  His primary fields of interest are organizational theory and public policy analysis – especially in the areas of complex, irrigated agriculture and population programs. During his career, he has been a prolific author, publishing over 200 articles, monographs, and books on public policy and comparative administration with a focus on Pakistan and Indonesia, as well as numerous articles on Mormon history and culture.   He was the founding Dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Business and Public Policy, and in that role, he has worked closely with the municipality of Anchorage on management and budget issues, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska Council of World Affairs. Jones believes in the power of supporting students’ academic dreams through scholarships. He began his own academic career with a $100 scholarship from Sears and Roebuck, which gave him the opportunity to escape rural poverty and attend Utah State.


In 1950, Garth Jones married (Verda) Marie Clegg, who had been born in rural Roosevelt, Utah, in 1921 to Dolly and Luke Clegg. Her father, a successful educator and businessman who served as Utah State Senator and Provo City Commissioner, encouraged her interest in politics, and before her marriage, she was active in the Republican politics on both the state and national level.  She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Instruction with a certification to teach social studies and history. Her marriage to Garth Nelson meant that Marie lived in very diverse and exotic locations throughout her life, yet she never forgot her rural Utah roots nor her love of America. In Pakistan, Marie taught the first university co-ed course at the University of the Punjab and instructed high level government officials at the National Institute of Public Administration. She was elected President of the American Women's Club, the most prestigious and visible position for American Women in Lahore, Pakistan. In that role, she frequently raised money for charitable projects. In each community where she lived she was very active in volunteer service and was well known for her charity and compassion, for instance regularly opening her home to Peace Corp volunteers living abroad, as well as the destitute and misfortunate. In one case in Indonesia, she and Garth even assisted a family of lepers who had come to their home begging for help. In 1973, she and Garth moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Garth had accepted a professorship at University of Alaska, Anchorage, and where she would work for twelve years as a circulation librarian. She was honored in 2006 by the BYU Department of Theater and Media Arts with a lifetime community service award.  Marie passed away on November 4, 2010.