“Jones has done so much for us and we wanted to give back to students like those that Tim helped through SGA,” said Patricia Waldrup.
She remembered students like Jason Dedwylder of Quitman who was the Student Government Association president and earned a Stennis Leadership scholarship to MSU. Another example of a student who benefitted from the leadership training is JCJC Board of Trustees Chairman and current Raleigh lawyer, David Garner.
“David was one of (Tim’s) student council presidents and he’s giving back to Jones through his service on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Jesse Smith and his wife Jennifer, Dr. Keith Thompson…all of these leaders and many more, received their training from Tim. Many of them are giving back to Jones through their service and we wanted to ensure more students have similar opportunities,” said Pat Waldrup.
The Tim Waldrup Leadership scholarship has been established to specifically benefit South Jones graduates in their sophomore year at JCJC. Because of their commitment to leadership, the Waldrup’s decided to endow a scholarship to continue cultivating leaders at Jones.
“I think a scholarship is one of the best ways to help students,” said Tim Waldrup. “We also want to be able to ensure local leaders get a higher education so they can be effective leaders in their communities. I am personally grateful for what Jones has provided my family and the many student leaders over the years. It inspired me to serve my community.”
The 1961 Jones alumnus from Louin spent 31 years building his career at Jones in Student Affairs. He developed the Student Government Association and was grooming leaders before he retired in his position as Vice President of Student Affairs at Jones in 2001.
Dedwylder attributes working with Tim Waldrup on various SGA workshops and college events as the catalyst in discovering his passion for politics. The 1998 Jones graduate earned his B.S. degree in Political Science at MSU and then headed to Washington, D.C. While earning his Masters degree in Public Policy from The George Washington University, Dedwylder worked in Congressman Chip Pickering’s office overseeing education and health care policy. Dedwylder returned home four years ago and has been serving the college as the External Grants Coordinator and an American Government instructor. He attributes a lot of his success and determination to succeed to Waldrup.
“Mayor Waldrup has devoted his life to public service. Throughout his tenure at JCJC he helped guide students along their educational and professional career paths. He is a strong, committed servant to the students of JCJC and the people of the community he now serves as mayor,” said Dedwylder.
Pat Waldrup explained retiring from JCJC opened their eyes to the opportunities that are available to so many students and its employees. “Our lives were so entangled with JCJC that it has taken us some time to realize the impact Jones has had on so many people, including the citizens of Jones County. We know some people would not have been able to achieve so much without an education and the leadership training at Jones that Tim was able to offer. I know of some students who had different career goals before getting involved in SGA and working with Tim to develop those leadership skills.”
The Waldrup’s were both honored by Jones within the last year. Tim Waldrup was recently recognized with former JCJC presidents, Dr. Terrell Tisdale and Dr. Ronald Whitehead together, as Honor Alumni during Homecoming festivities. Patricia was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame last fall for her service as cheerleading coach for 21 years.
For more information on establishing a scholarship or receiving a Foundation scholarship, contact the JCJC Foundation Office at 601-477-4195. Eligible students can apply for the Tim Waldrup Leadership Scholarship and other Foundation Scholarships through the JCJC Foundation Office in January.