My father was Bernie Jones. In his late 30's he left his job and went back to UW-Fond du Lac full-time to begin completion of his college degree. While there he was convinced to help out the basketball team who was short on players, and we believe he may have been the oldest college basketball player in the country at the time.
Bernie then went to UW-Oshkosh to finish his degree and played on the golf team in his early 40's. As he was completing his degree, UW-Fond du Lac hired him from a pool of 85 candidates to become Business Manager. He was also the
In 1990, at age 44 he died of a sudden heart attack. Shortly after his passing someone commented that it would be neat to combine his passion for golf and a scholarship in his memory and his family decided to start the Bernie Jones Scramble and Scholarship Fund in his name
In 1991-1992 his family began awarding two $250 scholarships at UW-Fond du Lac in Bernie's name. One of them typically goes to a non-traditional student, and one to a traditional student. That has grown to two $1000 scholarships over time. Just over $30,000 has been awarded to 56 students and an endowment has been built of over $70,000.
Bernie tapped into it when he wanted to keep his family in the area and finish his degree, and his family wants to help others tap into it through scholarships in his name!