Nancy Jones, the widow of country music icon George Jones, announced today, April 26, that the George Jones Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro has raised more than $171,000.
“George received help from people as he strove to have a country-music career, so I am thrilled that we will be able to help young people in the name of George Jones,” Nancy said via a media release. “I know he would have loved this.”
In celebration of The Country Music Hall of Fame member's passing on April 26, 2013, at age 81, Nancy and the Jones family planted two dogwood trees at the “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument at Woodlawn Cemetery.
“I am determined to keep George’s legacy alive,” Nancy added. “George loved his fans so much. They supported him throughout his entire career.”
Jones won two Grammy Awards, the first coming in 1980 for his now-classic hit, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which was named Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, and the second in 1999 in the same category for "Choices." He was presented a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Donations can be made to Jones' scholarship fund, which has become a living memorial to the late singer, online at www.MTSU.edu/give or by mail at George Jones Scholarship Fund, MTSU, Office of Development, Box 109, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 37132. For more information, call 615-898-5595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.