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Monticello Teen Receives Scholarship

July 19th, 2012 by

Christopher Aaron Jones, son of Rick and Anna Jones of Monticello, has received a 2012 Coudret Trust Scholarship from the American Legion Department of Arkansas. Jones is a 2012 graduate of Drew Central High School in Monticello, and will be attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello this fall majoring in Chemistry. 

The award is one of four (4) $2,000 scholarships presented annually by to eligible students. Selections are based upon American spirit, character, leadership quality, scholastic endeavor, and basis of need, and recipients will receive $1,000.00 per year for two years.

Coudret Trust Recipients must be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of American Legionnaires in good standing of two or more consecutive years membership. Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Era veterans are exempt from the two-year membership requirement. Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of deceased Legionnaires are also eligible.

“This scholarship means so much to me, not just for the financial help it will be, but because of the personal meaning,” says Jones. “My great-grandfather, Doyle “Red” Davis, of Dermott, was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia during WWII, and my grandfather, Elijah Jones, of Dermott, was a POW in Germany during WWII. My other great-grandfather, Hugh B. Smith, of McGehee, was a staff sergeant stationed in Arizona during WWII.” He also adds, “My Uncle Ron Jones and cousin Bryan Jones, both of Lake Village, served in Desert Storm. So, you can see American pride runs very deep in my family. I just know my grandfather and great-grandfathers are smiling in heaven right now.”

Aside from being selected for the Coudret Scholarship, Jones has also been involved in numerous clubs and organizations including: FBLA, National Honor Society, Football, Band, Choir, and serving as Class Treasurer.

“I’m really proud of him,” boasts Jones’ mother.

For more information about the Coudret Scholarship, please visit the American Legion Web site at:, or visit the American Legion Department of Arkansas Web site at:

4 Responses to “Monticello Teen Receives Scholarship”

  1. Steve Davis says:

    Great job Aaron!!! very proud of you!

  2. mom says:

    I am so proud of you Aaron! Papaw is smiling in heaven right now!!! You are an amazing young man and as long as you trust the Lord and do his will, you will always do fine! love you to the moon and back!

    Mom, Dad and Alan

  3. Sheila says:

    You go, Scubs!

  4. Angela Purifoy says:

    CONGRATS- Aaron, you deserve it… You are a very talented young man, and have a very talented family…

    Michael & Angela Purifoy

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