Professor emeritus and wife create scholarship for math students
William B. "Bill" Jones was a member of the Mathematics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder from fall 1963 until his retirement in December 1996. Promoted to full professor in 1974 and serving as department chair from 1987 to 1990, Bill taught both graduate and undergraduate students, serving as thesis advisor for 10 doctoral students.
Thanks to the generosity of Bill and his wife, Martha Hadley Jones, future math students at the University of Colorado Boulder will receive additional support. The couple has established the new William B. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund using a charitable gift annuity, an arrangement that allows the donors to receive an income for life, with the remainder put toward the donors' intended purpose at the time of death.
Bill is grateful for scholarships he received for both graduate and undergraduate studies without which he would not have been able to complete his education.
"I feel as though I owe a lot to what I've received, and we want to pass on some of what we have received for future generations," he said.
When Bill became chair of the CU Boulder math department in 1987, he realized a great need to create endowed funds to support such things as scholarships for students, honoraria for outside speakers, teaching awards for graduate student teaching assistants and post-doctoral faculty positions. So he began publishing a department newsletter called Prime Bits that is still in production today. The newsletter is sent to about 4,000 math alumni worldwide and contains news about the teaching, research and service activities of faculty and students, as well as opportunities to give financial support to the department.
The first success came when current faculty and alumni raised $50,000 to establish the Kempner Colloquium Endowment Fund in 1995. The department now has 13 endowment funds supporting eight student scholarships, three lectureships, two teaching awards for graduate students and one post-doctoral faculty appointment.
They strongly believe that the future of our country and of civilization itself depends on the education of young people. The couple hope the scholarships like the one they have established will provide educational opportunities for CU students in future generations and perhaps inspire others to support educational scholarships.