Helen DeVitt Jones was born Dec. 7, 1899, in Fort Worth to the pioneering family.
Her father founded the Mallet Land and Cattle Co. in 1903. His ranch, in the southwest
corner of Hockley County, at one time encompassed 52,000 acres of oil-rich land. More
than 1,000 oil wells dotted the ranch since 1938.
Jones split her childhood among Fort Worth and the ranch, where she and her family spent six months out of each year to secure their settlers claim to the land. The trip began by train, and ended after a long wagon ride from Big Spring to the ranch.
Jones later attended Texas Christian University for one year in 1917 before attending the University of California at Berkley in 1921, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English.
Helen DeVitt Jones, a great humanitarian and patroness of education and the fine arts, was born into one of the early ranching families of West Texas. Mrs. Jones funded the Helen Jones Foundation in 1984. She was an avid supporter of fine arts and organizations working with both public school and college students.
Helen DeVitt Jones devoted her later life to sharing her wealth as a patron of philanthropic causes. The Foundation continues to follow her philosophy as its guiding principals.
Approximately, thirteen $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students
enrolling full-time in the College of Media & Communication.
Preference will be given to entering freshmen or community college transfer students from the West Texas area.
Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to Texas Tech University at http://www.applytexas.org/adappc/commonapp.WBX before completing the scholarship application. Applicants will be required to create a user name and password. The scholarship deadline is February 1, 2011. The scholarship will be a minimum of $3,000.