A Present that Keeps on Giving: Create a College Scholarship for a Student to Study Alzheimer's

Dorian Martin Health Guide
  • ‘Tis the season when everyone is looking for great holiday gifts (and tax deductions). So here's one way you can honor someone, possibly get a tax write-off, and help fight Alzheimer's disease: create a college scholarship for a student who is interested in studying neuroscience (and Alzheimer's disease).


    Texas A&M University former student Jeff A. Jones created this type of scholarship in the memory of his father, who died from Alzheimer's. The Jerry R. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, established through the Texas A&M Foundation, will benefit Texas A&M undergraduate students pursuing degrees in biology with minors in neuroscience.

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    "The impact of watching my father die at a young 64 years of age from frontal lobe dementia and Alzheimer's will be lifelong," Jeff Jones said. "I felt by giving scholarships to those who might one day fight these diseases on the front lines or comfort those who have loved ones who suffer from them would be the right thing to do."


    The owner of Dallas-based Redwood Custom Homes, LLC, also created the scholarship as a way of commemorating his father's support. "I wanted to honor my father's life with something that reflected his unwavering support in giving my sister and me every opportunity to do what we wanted and to be successful in life," Jeff Jones said. "By establishing this memorial scholarship in his name, it will be a living gift capable of continuing that support and giving similar opportunity, hopefully to hundreds of students who one day might fight, cure or comfort those whose loved ones are afflicted by these diseases."


    "The faculty and students in the Department of Biology are grateful to Jeff Jones and his family for making it easier for our students to study neuroscience, one of the most complicated and fascinating aspects of biology," said Dr. Thomas D. McKnight, professor and acting head of the Texas A&M Department of Biology. " I share the hope of the Jones family that, one day, one of our students will be able help minimize the effects of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia."


    For additional information on setting up a similar scholarship, contact the development office at the university you're considering supporting. By creating a scholarship, you will be helping a college student get an education while also contributing to the future elimination of Alzheimer's disease.

Published On: December 16, 2008