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Garth N. and Marie Clegg Jones and Family Scholarship

Three scholarships will be awarded that will pay $1000 each for tuition and fees for the 2019 Spring Semester at Utah State University. The scholarship recipients will be notified in December 2018. Note: This scholarship is restricted to tuition and fees for 2019 Spring Semester. If you have other financial aid restricted to tuition and fees for the 2019 Spring Semester, you are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Please feel free to contact the Mountain West Center with any questions.

Application open: October 15, 2018. Deadline for application: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5:00pm

Who can apply:

The Garth N. and Marie Clegg Jones and Family Scholarship is for USU graduate or junior and senior level undergraduate students, majoring in one of the subject areas in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, or the Department of Economics. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement and a commitment to community service. Preference in selection will be given to those who are from the rural parts of Utah, southeastern Idaho, and southwestern Wyoming. 

How to apply:

Please submit the following:
1. Application Cover Sheet and Certification  (Available October 15, 2018)
2. Response - (600 words or less) Garth and Marie Jones valued leadership and service throughout their lives (see short bios). Describe a time you have been able to assume a leadership role or demonstrate your commitment to community service. Your response should also discuss your connection to the rural West and any future plans for studying and understanding the Mountain West and its people, including the politics of the West.
3. Response - (300 words or less) Reflect on the value of courses in CHaSS and how they will complement your chosen field of study and will aid you in your future career plans.
4. Resume - a summary of academic recognition, GPA, leadership involvement, community service, and any other information relevant to this specific scholarship application.
5. References - Names and contact information for 3 references. List academic references (i.e., professors, internship supervisors, etc.). These people should not be related to you.
6. 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 addresses (both school and permanent addresses), email, and phone number. 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, call 435-797-0299, or stop by Old Main Room 339. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, November 12, 2018, 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

Applications may also be dropped off in Room 338 or 339 in Old Main on the USU campus.

Garth N. 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, 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. She regularly opened her home to Peace Corp volunteers living abroad, as well as to the destitute and misfortunate. In one case in Indonesia, she and Garth even assisted a family of lepers who came to their home begging for help. After she and Garth moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1973, she worked 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.