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