Scholarship Honors a Family's Proud Tradition of Military Service
Sandi Jones thought about following the example set by her father, uncles and brother and joining the military after she graduated high school in the 1960s. Instead, she has shown her family pride by establishing a scholarship for veterans and their dependents at Macomb.
The Veterans of the United States (VOTUS) Scholarship is for U.S. military veterans and children or spouses of deceased military veterans. Jones dedicated it in memory of her late husband, Robert Jones, and father, Linton Lambert, both of whom served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and to three uncles: Edward Henning (Army), Ralph Henning (Army) and Harold Gellert (Navy), who collectively served in WWII and the Korean War. It also honors the service of Jones' brother, Lawrence Lambert, in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Instead of her initial plan of joining the Air Force, Jones opted for a secretarial post in Chrysler's legal department following high school. She began attending evening classes at Macomb and after it launched a legal assistant program, Jones became one of its first graduates and a trendsetter in the legal profession.
"I was the first paralegal at Chrysler," notes Jones, who continued her employment with the company for 25 years. "I think community college is great for people like me. I couldn't afford to not work while I was going to school."
Even before she launched her scholarship for veterans, Jones was an avid supporter of Macomb. She participated in the Pave the Way campaign and her brick is part of the renovated entryway to South Campus, unveiled in 2014.
"I saw if for the first time," says Jones, "when I came to meet with Kara Fields (director of Macomb's Office of Veteran and Military Services) about the scholarship."
VOTUS was created with an initial donation that Jones plans to renew annually. It will provide for the awarding of multiple $1,000 scholarships each year. As well as their military affiliation, eligible candidates must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and possess a minimum grade point average (high school or college) of 2.5.