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 http://www.MTSU.edu/give 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.