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Clark Atlanta University Receives $50,000 Legacy Bequest from Class of ’57 Alumna Jennie Johnson Jones

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016


Contact: Donna L. Brock

ATLANTA (Feb. 15, 2016)—Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson today announced the legacy bequest of $50,000 from Alumna Jennie Johnson Jones, a 1957 Magna Cum Laude chemistry graduate of Clark College who earned a master’s degree in teacher education from Atlanta University in 1967.              

Legacy gifts are made through a will, estate or other forms of designation.  This bequest, funded through a life insurance policy, will be used to establish a scholarship for the CAU School of Education, specifically for African-American women majoring in teacher education.          

Johnson says that “this gift exemplifies the powerful impact of alumni support for the institution.  Ms. Jones’ story is one of high standards, determination and fortitude.  Her largesse honors not only her family legacy, but ensures that the same unselfishness that enabled her to receive her college degree will carry forward to future generations of CAU scholars.”

Jones says giving back to CAU was a moral imperative, never an option.  “I came from a rural community in north Georgia where my father and mother farmed their own land, but had limited money.  They had less than a high school education and nine children to raise. They taught us all to strive for excellence and to share with others.  My sister, Morrell, ten years older than I, attended Clark College on scholarships and work study funds, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1947. She was teaching high school home economics when I entered high school and encouraged me to attend college. She contributed as she could from her meager teacher's salary.      

“When Clark Atlanta sat with me to discuss alternatives for making a significant gift to my Alma Mater,” Jones continued, “I realized that I had already spoken with an insurance agent about this particular possibility. So, I simply examined my budget and financial resources and decided this was a feasible way to establish a legacy to honor my sister.”        

Thanks to Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University, Jones was able to attain much more than a college education.  She has enjoyed the security of a happy, successful life.  “I feel compelled to give back and believe that funds toward educating others in the field of education is a forever gift because every educator impacts the future.”           

For more information on establishing a legacy gift, or other avenues of giving, at Clark Atlanta University, email AColeman@cau.edu or call 404-880-8328.

Category: Advancement
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