The Rita Wood Jones Memorial Scholarship
By: Carlyn A. James, MFA-FSH
Par 4 Charities and the Rita Jones Scholarship Trust recently joined together to form the Par 4 Charities – Rita E. Jones Scholarship Trust. The organization awarded a scholarship to four graduating seniors from Booker T. Washington High School. The scholarship criteria were based on a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, a demonstration of community involvement, work ethics, and leadership skills. Each applicant conducted a written essay elaborating on their career goals and how they foresee that obtaining their post secondary education will assist them in achieving their goals. The awards were presented in the Ronnie and Janis Bond Gymnasium of Booker T. Washington High School during Senior Honors Night on Thursday May 29, 2014.
Followed by an introduction of members and a brief history of Rita E. Jones the awards were presented by members Kenneth Spence (Sergeant at Arms) and Raymond W. Griff (President). The selected graduating seniors received a college scholarship in the amount of one thousand dollars.
Rita Jones is the Aunt of Par Four member, Billy Brent. She was a resident of Pensacola, Florida. Her background demonstrated a consistent and profound dedication of service to the community. She obtained multiple degrees from Bethune-Cookman College, Northwestern, Florida State and Harvard University. She also studied at Pensacola State College, University of West Florida, Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, and The Case Institute of Technology. In 1994 Jones retired from the Escambia County School System. She taught middle and high school mathematics at Bellview Middle and Booker T. Washington High School. She was also the Registrar/Dean at Tate High School. Shortly after, Jones became the Assistant Principal at Brentwood Middle and then Pensacola High School before becoming the Principal at Wedgewood Middle. Upholding various positions throughout the course of time within the Escambia County School District she eventually became the District Supervisor of Mathematics and the Director of Comprehensive Planning. She was well known for her community involvement, academia skills, and her character as she was highly respected. As an entrepreneur Ms. Jones owned multiple businesses and also served two terms on the Pensacola City Council representing the citizens of District 5.” For more information about the next Rita E. Jones Scholarship or Par 4 Charities log onto http://www.parfour.org/