The Provost Award was established in 2014 to honor an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the University of Arizona from an Arizona community college with at least 36 transferable units. Criteria for the award includes perseverance and commitment to academic studies, contributions to the UA community and above-average scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership.
2019 Provost Award Recipient:
Anita Jones will graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services and a minor in Family Studies. She will be the first of her entire family to receive a baccalaureate degree.
Growing up in Los Angeles and Santa Maria, California, Anita found herself pregnant at the age of fourteen. After the birth of her son, Anita managed to graduate from high school with honors. Wanting to provide her son opportunities she didn’t have, Anita enlisted in the US Army following graduation.
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury during her final deployment, Anita was honorably retired in 2016 after proudly serving her country. In 2017, she graduated with an associate degree in social work from Cochise College, and acting on a desire to assist other veterans, applied and was accepted to the Human Services program at the University of Arizona South.
Since her admission to UA South, Anita has been a full-time student, completed an internship and independent study, and maintained a dean’s list honorable mention with a 3.692 GPA. In addition, Anita is president of UA South’s chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, an honor and service organization. Her accomplishments have been attained while balancing her personal life, her job as a student worker assigned to assist UA South’s Student Services and as a VA work-study employee.
Following graduation, Anita will be acting as chairperson of the Sierra Vista chapter of Women Warriors, an organization dedicated to female veterans suffering from military service-connected issues such as military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, or simply trouble adjusting to civilian life. In addition, Anita plans to apply to graduate school and to utilize her newly gained knowledge to help others in her community.