Catherine Aileen Smith-Jones Memorial Scholarship

Catherine Aileen Smith Jones was born in Norwich, CT to Arthur D. and Frances G. Smith. She grew up in Abilene, graduated from Cooper High School in 1976 and attended college at the University of Texas in Austin. Cathy was a vigorous and active woman whose career led her to Dallas. She returned to Abilene in 1996 to raise her much-loved daughters, Halie and Hope, in a family friendly community. Cathy cared about people, had an incredible spirit for life and demonstrated a remarkable ability to overcome adversity. In the end, her short life was lost while helping another; she provided the gift of life even after her death through organ and tissue donations. Recipients, their families, and all who love them will forever be impacted by the power of Cathy’s selfless legacy.


  • Graduating High School senior
  • Member of Holy Family Catholic Church
  • Attending an accredited four-year college/university in the United States

Catherine Aileen Smith-Jones Memorial Scholarship
$500.00 single award
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a member of Holy Family Catholic Church?
  2. How long have you been a member and list areas you have participated in at church during your high school years.
  3. Provide a 250-300 word essay that discusses your educational plans as they relate to you personally and to your career goals. Include motivating factors or important experiences which have helped to shape your personal philosophy and/or your educational plans and career goals. Include information that reflects your commitment to your desired career path.
  4. Provide the name and email address of a teacher/professor who knows your character and is willing to submit an online reference on your behalf (No relatives).