“Thinking there was a chance that I would have to take a break from school instead of continuing on to my junior year was a painful thought."
For Madison Jones, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is her home away from home.
She said the community here at the public honors college always helps out no matter how big or small a problem may be.
Seeing that helping spirit often reminds her that, “St. Mary’s College is family.”
Jones is a junior now but says when her immediate family in Pasadena, Md., hit a financial setback, her college journey faced jeopardy.
Jones and two of her siblings, including her twin sister, are in different colleges and three tuitions plus a job loss in the family were causing strain on the family’s financial situation.
She found some relief from the St. Mary’s College community.
Without the support she received from scholarship funds, Jones said she wasn’t certain she could afford to continue on her current path to graduation.
“Thinking there was a chance that I would have to take a break from school instead of continuing on to my junior year was a painful thought,” she said.
Jones, a Roberts Family Financial Aid Endowment Fund recipient, said that with financial assistance through scholarships she was able to continue with classes in order to complete a computer science and environmental studies double major on time.
She plans to seek a job working to help create sustainable technology.
In appreciation for what the community has done for her, Jones has become more involved in giving back by volunteering her time with organizations and clubs such as Circle K, Habitat for Humanity and Keep St. Mary’s Beautiful.