George Jones Scholarship Fund at MTSU raises in excess of $171,000

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NASHVILLE - Nancy Jones, the widow of country music icon George Jones, announced The George Jones Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University, which has become a living memorial to the late singer, has raised in excess of $171,000.

“George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career, so I am thrilled that we will be able to help young people in the name of George Jones,” Nancy Jones said. “I know he would have loved this.”

In celebration of The Country Music Hall of Fame members passing on April 26, at the age of 81, Nancy Jones and the Jones family planted two dogwood trees at the “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument at Woodlawn Cemetery.

“I am determined to keep George’s legacy alive,” added Jones. “George loved his fans so much. They supported him throughout his entire career.”

Donations can be made online at or by mail at George Jones Scholarship Fund, MTSU, Office of Development, Box 109, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. For more information, call (615) 898-5595 or email at

Jones won two GRAMMY Awards, the first coming in 1980 for his now-classic hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which was named Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, and the second in 1999 in the same category for "Choices." He was presented a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

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May 06, 2014 at 4:56pm
I think this new scholarship fund that Nancy Jones started will be good thing for the university. I hope that the scholarship helps students that really need the money to go to college get it. This article doesn’t say when Nancy Jones first started this fund and I would like to know when she started the fund because it seems like raising $171,000 is pretty fast unless this fund was started some time ago. I think that this scholarship fund will help keep George Jones’ memory alive just like what Nancy Jones said in the article. I also think it is a great idea to let more people donate to the fund through MTSU so more people can receive the money to go to college that otherwise could not afford to go.
I would have loved the opportunity to win this scholarship if it was available these past four years. I am graduating this coming Saturday so I will not be able to receive this scholarship but I hope that whoever does receive a scholarship from the fund that those students will stay in school and get their degree.
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