(October 8, 2015)

Centenary student receives U.L. Coleman Scholarship

SHREVEPORT, LA — On September 30, Centenary senior Princes Jones was honored with the newest Centenary College Coleman Scholarship provided by Shreveport's U.L. Coleman Companies. U.L. Coleman Companies has been awarding fall and spring scholarships to Centenary students for over 15 years.

"Princes is a perfect example of many of our students who grow into promising young adults as we follow them over their four years here," said Dr. Harold Christensen, Professor of Economics at Centenary. "I got the nomination request from U.L. Coleman General Manager Kevin McCotter and generated a list of good candidates that met their criteria. When I circulated the list among the Frost School of Business faculty, Princes was a unanimous choice."

Princes Jones

In addition to her work in the classroom, Jones serves as the assistant manager of the Centenary Student Union Building and has worked as an intern at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. She has also volunteered with Centenary's Literacy Volunteers, Common Ground Community, and Broadmoor United Methodist Church.

U.L. Coleman Companies president Linc Coleman '90, '95MBA presented Jones with the scholarship at a ceremony attended by her parents and several mentors from Centenary's Frost School of Business, including Dr. Christensen, her academic advisor Dr. Elizabeth Rankin, Dr. Kyle Ristig, and Pat Gallion. The $1,000 scholarship will assist Jones with some of her senior year expenses, including GMAT preparation and other graduate school application costs.

"The faculty of Centenary's Frost School of Business have challenged me academically and gotten me out of my comfort zone many times," said Jones. "I have never been someone who craves recognition, but what I have learned from these mentors has shown me that I can better serve others if I put myself in the spotlight sometimes — even if I don't like it that much. I hope that one day 'service over self' is not just one of my values, but that it will be ingrained in my personality."

Jones will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in May 2016 and plans to pursue an MBA as well as a certificate in Non-Profit Management. She hopes to eventually operate a non-profit working with youth in the arts, athletics, and academics in order to integrate her commitment to community service with her professional life.