The Outer Banks Community Foundation announces the creation of a new scholarship fund, the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors William H. “Bill” Jones, a resident of Kitty Hawk for nearly 40 years, who passed away in October, 2020. The new scholarship fund will ultimately provide scholarships for graduating Currituck and Dare County high school seniors, and to Dare County home-schooled students with GED credentials, to attend Bill’s Alma Mater, N.C. State.
While the scholarship fund was created with initial contributions from Bill’s friends and family members, Bill’s friends have created an annual golf tournament that will celebrate Bill and raise money each year for the scholarship program. The First Annual Bill Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 13 at Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk. More information about this event can be found on Facebook.
The Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund will grow over the years and will provide financial assistance to college-bound local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation or by donating online at obcf.org/donate, and selecting the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is one of 57 scholarship endowments stewarded by the Community Foundation.
“We are honored to partner with Bill’s wife, Tamara, and their many friends in establishing a new scholarship fund to provide scholarships for deserving Currituck and Dare County students,” said Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “Bill was known for putting others ahead of himself; this new fund promises to inspire future learners to believe in themselves and to perpetuate a legacy of giving back.”
“Bill was passionate about spending time on the golf course with friends, and he organized several tournaments over the years to benefit his beloved Wolf Pack,” said Bill’s wife, Tamara Jones. “Helping kids get to N.C. State, and playing golf for a good cause are fitting tributes to a man who took every opportunity to mentor friends, lend a hand, and help a neighbor. Bill would have loved this, and would have wanted us to take it a step further and invite folks to sponsor a hole, donate a raffle prize, or make plans to join us on the greens.”
The Community Foundation expects to award about $178,000 to local students in 2021. Scholarships range from one-time awards of $1,000, to four-year awards totaling $24,000.