Lucy Jones, former Coordinator of TRIO Programs at Rich Mountain Community College, was honored by the SouthWest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) at a conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 6, 2016. SWASAP has named a new scholarship, The Lucy Jones International Access Scholarship, to recognize Ms. Jones and her work for underrepresented students in higher education.
Lucy began her work for the TRIO programs in 1994 as the Associate Director of the Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search programs at RMCC. She later became coordinator of all four TRIO programs: Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Educational Opportunity Center. In addition to directing the programs, Lucy wrote the proposal to renew the grants every five years, and in 2012, she wrote the grant to add the Upward Bound Math and Science program.
Lucy served the TRIO programs in many different capacities in her tenure. She served the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance programs as secretary, representative-at-large, president-elect, and president. At the regional level, Lucy served SWASAP as secretary, program chair, president-elect, and president. She later served the national organization, Council for Opportunities in Education, as a board member, treasurer, chair-elect, and chair. Currently, she serves as consultant for many TRIO programs throughout the nation.
Lucy’s daughter, Paula, said it best, “All of my life my mom has been the true example of a servant by helping thousands of students achieve their dream of getting an education in this country.”