Texas Tech University

The Jones Fellowships for Future Doctoral Students

Helen DeVitt Jones Fellowship Program

The Helen DeVitt Jones Fellowships in Teacher Education are named in honor of Helen DeVitt Jones who was a native of West Texas, an honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and an educational philanthropist. Mrs. Jones was noted for her interest in preventing educational problems by addressing them as early as possible. She was an avid supporter of the fine arts and organizations working with both public school and collegiate students. She financed programs that lent support to talented individuals, especially if their skills were intended to lead to employment in a practical field.

Mrs. Jones funded the Helen Jones Foundation in 1984, which endowed the Jones Fellowship, a program initiated in 1975 and benefited forty-five doctoral students before being discontinued in 1980. This program was refunded in 2002 through a permanent endowment, which provides support to attract outstanding graduate students to pursue doctoral degrees in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.

The Jones Fellowship offers two outstanding new doctoral students each year for a three-year annually renewable period as Jones Fellows in Teacher Education in the College of Education so that there are a maximum of six Jones Fellows at any time of the year. This fellowship provides opportunities for the Jones Fellows to develop a high quality graduate education experiences and solid scholarship competence in the field of teacher education. The Jones Fellows are expected to bring to their doctoral studies a vigorous spirit of inquiry into important issues or problems in the field of teacher education, a strong commitment to improving the teacher education profession, and an active engagement in scholarship, program, and service activities relevant to teacher education as coordinated by the Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education at the College of Education.

Application deadlines for the Jones Fellowships are September 1 for students who wish to begin their studies in the spring semester and January 15 for students who plan to begin studies in the fall term.