Melvin Jones Scholars
A unique residential learning community
The Melvin W. Jones Scholars Learning Community is hosted at the University of Nebraska Lincoln to promote academics, leadership and civic engagement. Melvin Jones was appointed Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in November 1995 and served in that position until his untimely death in 1999. As Vice Chancellor, he had financial and programmatic oversight of all University services that supported academic and student affairs programs. Melvin had a special commitment to the development of young people, so he took pride in his involvement with youth and new professionals. The Melvin Jones Scholars Learning Community was created at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in his honor.
This community is designed to develop and retain a diverse student body at the University of Nebraska. Participants not only live together in Abel Hall, but during their academic year will:
- Enroll in and complete 2 courses in leadership and cross-cultural understanding
- Engage in regular discussions with faculty and staff
- Enjoy planned activities at least once every two weeks
- Take educational, cultural and social trips as a group Melvin W. Jones
Melvin Wallase Jones, the fifth child of Harry and Katie Jones, was born November 9, 1950. Jones was appointed Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in November 1995 and served in that position until his untimely death in 1999. As Vice Chancellor, he had oversight of all University services that supported academic and student affairs programs. Melvin had a special commitment to the development of young people, so he took pride in his involvement in such groups as Mad Dadds and Big Brothers of America. The Melvin Jones Scholars learning community was created at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in his honor.
As a Melvin Jones Scholar, the students connect with faculty, staff and other students who share your academic interests. Being closely connected with other students will help you form informal study groups and helps the students to receive guidance when class projects are due or exams are scheduled. Jones Scholar “Alumni” (the upperclassmen) also provide support and advice to the freshmen on study habits, time management, social adjustment and other themes that promote their academic achievement.
Outside of the classroom, Jones Scholars actively seek enrichment through service, cultural experiences and outreach. Jones Scholars are active participants in many campus organizations and programs. Jones Scholars are encouraged to:
- Volunteer for group community service projects;
- Organize the learning community regional trip; and
- Play important student roles in selected University recruitment events
Melvin Jones Scholars benefit from making connections with citizens in the Lincoln community early during their University experience. In this way, the Jones Scholars are able to find encouragement, role models, mentors, spiritual anchors and career advice outside of the University. In other words, they:
- Know other students in their classes and in extracurricular activities, making it easier to get to know students with similar interests
- Have opportunities to explore your interests with faculty and staff
- Attend a variety of different career fairs
HOW DOES A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT BECOME A “JONES SCHOLAR”?
To become a Melvin Jones Scholar, a student needs to apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska Lincoln; pay the enrollment deposit and submit the housing contract by the deadline (generally May 1, of each year). On the housing application, there is a place to indicate “Melvin Jones Learning Community” – make that selection. After admission to UNL, a Jones Scholars invitation will be mailed. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. The Melvin Jones Scholars Learning Community is designed to support a diverse student body. All students are invited to apply.