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Foundation Receives $1.2 Million Jones Estate Gift

The CVCC Foundation, Inc. announces the largest gift in the history of Catawba Valley Community College, according to Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, college president and David H. Sain, CVCC Foundation board chair.  

A gift of $1.2 million was given to the CVCC Foundation by the estate of Lilian “Sue” Sewell Jones, widow of Dr. Frank Jones. He was a physician who practiced in Newton for many decades and she was a career nurse.  Mrs. Jones wrote the first History of the Medical Auxiliary of the NC Medical Society.

The Jones estate specified that the gift be used for health-related scholarships. “The Frank and Sue Jones Scholarship Fund” endowment has been created to benefit students in any of CVCC’s health-care programs. That includes nursing, dental hygiene, electroneurodiagnostics, emergency medical science, health management, nursing, polysomnography, radiography, respiratory therapy, surgical technology and many other short-term health occupational training programs.

“We are just astounded and thankful for the Jones family’s generosity,” said Sain.

“Dr. and Mrs. Jones must have had tremendous confidence in the college to invest their life savings in our students, and in turn, in CVCC,” said Dr. Hinshaw. “Their action says it all. Dr. and his wife were true community leaders in their investment of a lifetime that will continue serving our community. ”

Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, explained the ripple effect of the Jones legacy gift.

“This type of gift benefits much more than individual students,” said Biggs. “It’s an investment in our community. The return on investment are graduates that build stronger careers, homes and families in our region while creating better opportunities for future generations. That’s the mission of the community college. Words simply can’t express our appreciation for this gift that we expect to fund dozens of scholarships each year for many years to come.”

The Jones estate gift complements the recent establishment of CVCC’s Valley Simulated Hospital where health-care students learn using high tech patient simulators in a realistic hospital environment.

The mission of the CVCC Foundation, Inc. is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and welfare of CVCC. For more information on giving, contact Biggs at the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

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