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NATE and Tower Family Foundation Establish Jones Scholarship

University of Evansville Civil Engineering scholarship honors late tower engineer

The late Ernie Jones is shown speaking to a NATE event in 2013

In honor of the late Ernie Jones, a 30-year veteran of the tower industry, the National Association of Tower Erectors and the Tower Family Foundation have established the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23, as part of the annual NATE UNITE 2016 Conference in New Orleans.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship will be a $2,500 scholarship awarded annually to a junior or senior level civil engineer student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Jones was a structural engineer who passed away in October 2015 while inspecting a tower in Oklahoma City. During his career he served as a professional engineer and president of Consolidated Engineering, and a vice president of structural engineering at Electronics Research Inc. Jones also served on the TR-14.7 committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986.

“On behalf of our entire family, we are humbled by this civil engineering scholarship that has been created in Ernie’s name,” said Kathy Jones, the widow of Ernie Jones, in the announcement. “I am honored to see that Ernie’s contributions to the industry will continue through the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville.”

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