Couple Uses Stock Gift to Create New Scholarship

Russell and Myra Jones

Russell and Myra Jones

A habit of consistent giving to Emporia State University scholarships already had Russ and Myra Jones of Emporia thinking about their future giving.

When they met with John Griffin, the estate planner retained by the Emporia State Foundation to work with the university's alumni and friends, they realized they wanted to give now, too. With a gift of appreciated stock, they created the Russell and Myra Jones Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund is reserved for juniors and seniors from the state of Kansas who carry GPAs between 2.75 and 3.5, purposefully reaching the academically midrange students. "A lot of those kids are such good people, and can contribute so much," Myra says.

Myra attended Emporia State, as did the three Jones children. In 1967, Russ and Myra started Jones Heating and Air Conditioning in Emporia and have seen it grow with the support of customers employed by or educated at Emporia State.

The Joneses are excited to see the results of their gift years from now, as future alumni recognize the support they received and consider giving back to Emporia State.

"It benefits us all," Russ says. "It's that old saying: ‘You can't take it with you.' Give it early and..."

"Enjoy it," Myra interjects. "You'll find it true that the more you give, the more you have."