Virgie Lee Jones was the daughter of a sharecropper who became an educator and dedicated her life to investing in young minds.
Virgie taught lower elementary students in a small town that didn’t favor its Black population. Like many other black people, she could not attend large, predominately white institutions. So, she forged a path to Southern University, a historically black college. Virgie’s investment into her education allowed her three children to all finish college.
Her legacy also inspired her granddaughter Alicia to attend Southern University. Alicia became her ancestors' wildest dream. She completed 2 undergraduate degrees: one in Biology and the other in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She completed a Master's in Biology and took those credentials to become an educator like her grandmother. Alicia has now completed a Doctorate in Education with the hopes of inspiring many other young minds as her grandmother inspired her.
Black women are underrepresented in areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). This scholarship fund seeks to honor Virgie Lee Jones' life by supporting students pursuing degrees in education or science.
Mrs. Jones' life has inspired scientists and educators within her family and students. Now her legacy can continue on by helping play a small part in eliminating the financial obstacles for black women in STEM.
The fund will go to funding the Virgie Lee Memorial Scholarship.