Regina “JJ” Jones, a Punta Gorda Isles resident, has lived a life dedicated toward helping others. She began her distinguished career as a member of the Army Nurse Corps in World War II. While in service, she was stationed in the Philippines to help with the devastating aftermath of the war. After six months, she returned home and continued caring for others as a registered nurse for over three decades in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida.
Due to JJ’s love of nursing, she has established a trust to provide nursing scholarships and support for nursing education at the Charlotte Campus. With this substantial contribution, the Edison State College Foundation will establish two separate programs to ensure success for all students who enroll at the Charlotte Campus. The JJ Jones Nursing Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships to recent high school graduates, GED recipients and adult students who are returning to college to complete a degree in nursing. The JJ Jones Endowed Chair of Excellence in Nursing will provide funds for staffing, technology and curricular enhancements.
On June 6, 2008, the Edison State College District Board of Trustees, Edison State College Foundation Board of Directors and District President Kenneth P. Walker expressed their deepest gratitude to Mrs. Jones by naming the Health Sciences building the JJ Jones Hall.