Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

From left to right: Ajani Brooks, Zataya Rivenbark, Kayla Bennett, Quinara Lawson, Jamesia St. Louis, and Eldrina Jones (MJJIA)

Marking 26 years of scholarship support for high school students, the Marie Jenkins Jones Incentive Award (MJJIA) announces five award recipients for 2018. Receiving scholarships of $500 each are Kayla Bennett, Ajani Brooks, Quinara Lawson, Zataya Rivenbark and Jamesia St. Louis, all recent graduates of Baptist Hill Middle High School. These outstanding young ladies have excelled in their high school studies and will be pursuing higher education this fall semester.

“My siblings and I are thrilled about this year’s scholarship recipients,” says Andrea C.J. Casey, MJJIA Board Chairperson and daughter of the late Mrs. Marie Jenkins Jones. “Because of matching gift donations and increased support from local businesses, former students, and the community, we were able to help even more students this year,” explains Casey.

MJJIA is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization that helps deserving graduating seniors at Baptist Hill Middle High School advance their education at a vocational school, trade school, college or university of their choice.

Over the years, this scholarship has awarded tens of thousands of dollars to students assisting with books, school supplies or any other needs they may have toward their educational goals.

Mrs. Marie Jenkins Jones educated students of Charleston County for over forty years. She had a passion for teaching, love for her students and a devotion to the community. In 1992, she retired from Baptist Hill High School after decades of teaching in District 23. Her children established the scholarship to honor their mother’s legacy and to support students in furthering their education. “MJJIA wants to grant more scholarships in 2019, so we ask churches, organizations and the community to spread the word and encourage students to apply,” said Casey.

For more information about the MJJIA, to make a tax deductible donation, or to apply for the 2019 scholarship, please visit or contact the organization at [email protected]


  1. Mattie P Sanders on August 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I worked with Marie for 13 years and I found her to be a stickler for education. It is wonderful that her children choose to honor her by helping students with their education. What a remembrance.

    • Andrea on August 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Mrs Mattie, thank you for your comments. My mom had the greatest respevt for you. She always shared with me how creative you were and always felt the friendship was genuine btwn you two. I’m so glad our lives have crossed path.

  2. Geoffrey. Brooks on August 20, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Mrs.Jones was truly an advocate and a voice for many of of us in the Hollywood, District 23 Area. It’s great to see her legacy continued. Although she’s not with us, she continues to impact many lives. In 1995 I was recipient of the award, what a blessing. Today, I still can hear her saying, “Geoffrey it’s not your apptitude that determines your altitude but, your attitude that will determine your impact in life”. Thanks Jones Family!!!!

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