CSU President Wayne Watson "humbled and grateful" For $200,000 Foundation Gift For CSU from Emil Jones, Jr, Former Illinois Senate President

Emil Jones Endows $200,000 to Chicago State U Foundation

CSU President Wayne Watson "humbled and grateful"
Reception Friday, March 29th at 5:30 PM
Former Illinois Senate President, Emil Jones Jr., recently presented Chicago State University (CSU) Foundation with a $200,000 gift, creating the Emil Jones, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund will be an endowment that will provide monetary scholarships intended to improve the educational experience and support services for CSU student-scholars. In celebration of the donation, the Foundation will host a reception on Friday, March 29, in honor of the former legislator’s generous gift. The reception will begin at 5:30 on the 4th floor of the CSU Library.
“President Jones was a supporter for continuing state appropriations for education during his long Senate career. Jones is a long-time advocate of CSU and we are very grateful for this gift that will make it possible for countless numbers of CSU students to attain an education into perpetuity,” said Maurice Grant, chairman of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors.
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Emil Jones, Jr.
“Education is the great equalizer”, says Jones. “Anytime we can provide opportunities for students to succeed we must do that. This endowment is my way of supporting students and the positive impact the University is making in our state’s education community.”
Jones has been a long time supporter of Chicago State University where he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2004. In 2007, CSU named the 7,000-seat multi-purpose convocation center in honor of Jones and his late wife. (Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center).
“In today's environment, with continuous cuts in federal and state funding for both students and public institutions, students have become more dependent upon scholarships from their university”, said CSU President Dr. Wayne D. Watson. “We are humbled and grateful for President Jones’ support and how this gift will touch the lives of untold thousands here on our campus."
The Chicago State University Foundation was chartered in 1967 as an independent, charitable organization with the sole purpose of soliciting, receiving, and administering private gifts to Chicago State University in order to secure the university’s future as a place where promise becomes power. For information on how you can support the CSU Foundation, call 773-995-3839 or www.csu.edu/foundation.
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