The College of Idaho announced Tuesday a gift from the estate of former Idaho State Supreme Court Justice Warren Jones and his wife Karen, endowing a scholarship for students pursuing a degree in political economy and have an interest in law school.
Jones graduated magna cum laude in 1965 with a degree in political science. During his time at the College, he connected with Professor George Wolfe, who recommended him to the University of Chicago where Jones received his law degree in 1968. In all, he spent nearly five decades working in law before his retirement in 2017.
The gift from the Jones family represents one of the largest endowed scholarships for The College of Idaho, benefitting students for years to come. It is estimated that the scholarship will assist at least 60 students in its initial 10 years.
“It helps make it seem possible for them (students) to do something that they may otherwise think wasn’t possible,” said Political Economy Professor Kerry Hunter, who advises the College’s pre-law students. “The scholarship is there to help people like Warren Jones himself, a rural Idaho kid who came here and realized a dream.”
Jones passed away in September 2018, but the gift of his family will leave a legacy at the College. Roger Burdick, the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, spoke on behalf of his colleague and friend.
“His 49 years of work in the law and the core values of Idaho’s sagebrush plains now furnish this gift to the place that changed his life,” Burdick said of the endowment. “The land may have formed Justice Jones but The College of Idaho, its professors, and especially George Wolfe added a bright finish.”
The College of Idaho has a 129-year-old legacy of excellence. The College is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.